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VIEWPOINTS:
HEALING NEWS FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
August 2006
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

Welcome to the twenty-ninth edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.

We at Insulite Laboratories understand how hard it can sometimes be to summon up the motivation to lose weight. But we believe that the more you learn about the benefits of shedding those unwanted and unhealthy pounds, the easier it is to make the effort to succeed.

One motto to always keep in mind is: lose weight not only to feel better now but also later in life.

Being overweight and obese greatly increases the chances of becoming physically disabled as people grow older. Excessive weight raises the risk of longer hospitalizations, premature retirement due to infirmity and an earlier need to be cared for in a nursing home.

On the one hand, disability in U.S. citizens aged 65 and older has been decreasing since the early 1980s for several reasons, including better treatments for heart attacks and stroke, more hip and knee replacement surgeries and improved health education.

But the nation's obesity epidemic could slow or even reverse that trend. People who have been overweight for many years are much more likely to enter later life in much worse health than those of a normal weight.

People who have been 30 or 40 lbs overweight for many years risk suffering from a host of disorders, including Type 2 Diabetes and heart-damaging high blood pressure, as well as joint pain like osteoarthritis of the knees and hips caused by the extra pressure of excess weight.

Another factor is decreased muscle mass and quality. All older people lose some muscle strength because their muscle fibers shrink in diameter as a result of metabolic and neurological changes that come with age. But the effects are greater on obese people because the extra pounds wreak havoc on hormones such as insulin that affect muscle quality as people age.

Muscle-wasting in obese people can often lead to reliance on a wheelchair much earlier than people who have controlled their weight over the decades with a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise.

It's never too early or too late to take action to lose weight and improve your fitness. But the earlier and quicker you start, the more chance you have of ensuring you really do shine with good health during the golden years.


“Nothing ever came of nothing.”

- William Shakespeare

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INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Intelligence Report
EATING VEGETABLES MAY PREVENT HARDENING OF THE ARTERIES

Increasing the number of vegetables in your daily diet could provide protection from atherosclerosis - the coronary artery disease also called hardening of the arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

A minimum of five portions of vegetables and fruits a day is recommended as part of a balanced, nutritious diet combined with regular exercise for good health. But nutritionists say that the more vegetables you can include in your diet the better.

A study by Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina found 38% less build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries of mice who were fed a mixture of vegetables, including carrots and peas.

Researchers assessed the effect of diet on heart disease by studying mice that had been specially bred to rapidly develop atherosclerosis, a process in which the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries can eventually block blood flow, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

Atherosclerosis is often caused by excess weight and obesity, which, in turn, may be the result of a reversible imbalance of insulin and glucose called Insulin Resistance.

Half the mice in the study were fed a vegetable-free diet and half ate a diet which included broccoli, green beans, corn, peas and carrots. After 16 weeks, researchers measured cholesterol content in the blood vessels and estimated that plaques in the arteries of the mice munching the vegetable diet were 38% smaller.

Although there was also a reduction in total cholesterol and body weight in mice fed the vegetable-rich diet, analysis showed that this could not explain the reduction in atherosclerosis.

Lead researcher Dr Michael Adams said: "While everyone knows that eating more vegetables is supposed to be good for you, no-one had shown before that it can actually inhibit the development of atherosclerosis."

He added that the vegetable-fed animals had a 37% reduction in serum amyloid - a marker of blood vessel inflammation in mice which suggested vegetable consumption may inhibit inflammatory activity

"Although the pathways involved remain uncertain, the results indicate that a diet rich in green and yellow vegetables inhibits the development of hardening of the arteries and may reduce the risk of heart disease," said Dr Adams.

See this month's Insulite Lifestyle Tips for some vegetable suggestions and other benefits that they bring.

Click here to read about a unique, scientifically-designed system that can help reverse Insulin-Resistance-linked excess weight and obesity.


NEW RESEARCH

New Research

PRE-DIABETES COULD HASTEN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Seniors may be at risk of developing the decline in mental faculties called Alzheimer's Disease from a condition that hasn't been closely associated with the disorder until now.

Previous research has linked irreversible Type 2 Diabetes with a greater chance of the onset of Alzheimer's. But a new study suggests that Pre-Diabetes, often a precursor to the Type 2 variety, may already be damaging the brain's ability to function properly in areas such as memory.

Pre-Diabetes is a reversible condition in which blood sugar levels are higher-than-normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. An imbalance of glucose and insulin levels called Insulin Resistance often underlies Pre-Diabetes, which, fortunately, can be reversed with weight loss via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise.

If neglected, however, Pre-Diabetes may lead to the Type 2 variety, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life and may require daily injections of insulin. Unless it is efficiently managed, Type 2 Diabetes severely increases the risk of amputation, blindness and kidney disease, as well a heart attack or stroke.

A new study by The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on 1,173 people aged 75 or older. (1) None had Alzheimer's at the beginning of the study but 47 did suffer from Pre-Diabetes. The participants were studied for 9 years and tested regularly for symptoms of Alzheimer's.

The study, presented in Madrid in July at the 10th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Conditions, found that the participants with Pre-Diabetes had a 70% greater chance of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's.

Study leader Dr. Weili Xu said he was "a little surprised" by the results because doctors tend to not connect impairment of mental faculties with blood sugar levels until the onset of of Type 2 Diabetes.

American's obesity crisis has seen a vast increase in the number of people whose blood sugar levels have increased as a result of excess weight gain. More than 20 million are thought to have Pre-Diabetes, which is likely to become Type 2 Diabetes without swift action by sufferers to reduce their weight.

(1)   Research Reveals Deepening Connections Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s,
Alzheimer's Association, ICAD Conference, July 16, 2006



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WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT???
  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Worrying About Food Is Part Of Losing Weight

Fact: Actually, the opposite is true. Worrying about whether food will make you fat causes weight gain, while not worrying helps you to lose weight.

This concept seems outrageous to most people because the myth is so deeply ingrained. It's especially hard to understand if you've tried to eat healthily but find your weight either doesn't decrease or even increases over time.

But, often, weight gain stems from not eating the right kind of healthy food that works for you, personally. Don't be afraid to experiment to find a weight loss diet that suits you. Frustration over the wrong kind of food can lead to every mouthful being eaten with a sense of fear, guilt, anger or some other negative emotion.

All these feelings can become part of eating if you're not careful. Food becomes an enemy to some people and this thought can upset the metabolic rate which converts food to nutrition and energy. If metabolism becomes unbalanced and food is converted into fat instead of energy, weight gain can ensue.

Take the time to seek out a healthy diet that you enjoy following while it is doing you good. Combine it with regular exercise and you will then soon find yourself relaxing about food. The improved sense of well being that you will experience will greatly increase your chances of successful weight loss.
 


CONSULT DR. MARY
Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. How Does Exercise Help Type 2 Diabetes?
 

A. Exercise plays a crucial role in helping Type 2 Diabetics to better manage their blood sugar levels.

According to a recent study, Diabetics who engaged in physical activity showed numerous benefits (1). Firstly, there was a decrease in their Hemoglobin A1C levels - a measurement of how your blood sugar levels are managed over a 3-month period.

The study also showed a reduction in visceral adipose tissue (fat tissue around the abdomen), a decrease in triglyceride levels (lipid levels in your blood) and an increase in insulin response.

All these positive results show how important exercise is in improving the health of Diabetics. Better management of blood sugar control can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Since exercise improves insulin response, it will also help those with Insulin Resistance, an imbalance in blood glucose and insulin levels which often underlies Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Pre-Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).

It's a great idea to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. If you haven't done so before, here are some exercise tips to get you started.
  • Get a walking partner and take a stroll around the park for 30 minutes
  • Make sure to schedule a time to exercise because this helps to keep you on track
  • Mix in a combination of resistance training, such as stretch bands, along with aerobic exercise
  • Go for a swim in your local pool
  • Join a dance class and experience the fun of socializing while you exercise
  • Take a weekend hike in the country
If you have not been on an exercise program before, take it slowly and check first with your doctor. Your efforts will pay off because you'll soon notice how much better you feel with the extra stamina that regular exercise will bring.

(1)  Thomas D, Elliott E, Naughton G., Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes mellitus.,
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Jul 19;3:CD002968. PMID: 16855995


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- KW
  Check, VA

 
Insulite Laboratories would like to share other experiences like this one to inspire our many clients on the same path. Tell us your story and we will use it in a future issue of this newsletter, as well as on web sites and affiliate sites.

If you are uncomfortable with us publishing your full name, we are quite happy to use your initials or first name to preserve your anonymity. We do ask that you include the name of your hometown and state or, in the case of our numerous clients outside the U.S.A., your country. Please email us at testimonials@insulitelabs.com



INSULITE LABORATORIES MEDICAL & ADVISORY BOARD

Our Medical & Advisory Board is comprised of health, nutrition and exercise specialists who contribute to product research and development. They also provide oversight for information included in our web sites, newsletters, weekly health support messages and Insulite System materials.

Selected Members provide support, information and guidance to all individuals who contact Insulite Laboratories with questions about their Insulin-Resistance related disorders and implementation of the various Insulite Systems.

Insulite Laboratories recognizes that our clients enjoy a much higher success rate when they receive support for their lifestyle changes. The Board is also an educational resource for healthcare professionals who advocate Insulite Laboratories Systems for their patients and clients.

This month we feature Board member Dr. Laura Riley:

Dr. Laura Riley
Dr. Laura Riley, ND

Dr. Riley gained a BS in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire before attending Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

A primary care practitioner, Dr Riley's specialist research interests have included Asthma and Diabetes.

I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to work with a company dedicated to reversing Insulin Resistance. Beneficial diet and exercise changes, combined with effective supplementation such as the Insulite systems, provide the necessary tools to make a true difference to quality of life and long-term health.

It is very rewarding to treat Insulin Resistance and its links to other disorders. An effective treatment plan and a committed patient so often lead to great results and improved health.

If you have a question for Dr. Riley or another member of our Medical & Advisory team about your health, or to find out if any of the Insulite Systems are recommended for you, please email Insulite Laboratories at info@insulitelabs.com

Have You Been Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)?

If You Have, We're Glad You've Found Us.

We're Here to Support You Every Step Of The Way As You Transform Your Health


Excess Weight ProductsInsulite Laboratories is committed to giving you a better understanding of Metabolic Syndrome and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

The ground-breaking Insulite Metabolic Syndrome System has been formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance, reduce your weight and lower your risk of developing heart disease.

If neglected, excess weight and obesity may lead to Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular damage which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome can also lead to reversible Pre-Diabetes. If neglected, this latter condition often results in the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life and may require daily injections of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is a major increased risk factor for blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart disease and erectile dysfunction (ED).

The Insulite Metabolic Syndrome System includes a scientifically-designed combination of nutrients which are primarily designed to increase the number of insulin receptors on the surface of each cell.

As a result of more receptors, cells can absorb blood glucose more efficiently for conversion to energy, thereby reducing levels of circulating glucose. A decrease in elevated blood glucose lowers the secretion of insulin. When insulin and glucose are in balance, weight loss is facilitated and Metabolic Syndrome can be reversed.


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DID YOU KNOW?

Did You Know?
Weight gain after menopause 'increases breast cancer risk'

Women who gain even a moderate amount of weight in later life are more likely to develop breast cancer, doctors have warned.

Putting on 20 lbs after menopause pushes up the risk of developing the disease by 18%, according to an extensive new study of 87,000 women.

But the study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found positive proof for the first time that successful slimmers can halve their chances of developing the disease, compared with older women who stay the same weight (1).

Doctors say it's never too late to shed pounds in a bid to avoid cancer. They claim many cases could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight throughout life - or at least got rid of excess weight in their 50s.

Breast cancer has been linked with obesity in previous research. But the latest study is the biggest of its kind. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, assessed weight change for two different periods of women's lives - from 18 years onwards and after menopause, using data from the Nurses' Health Study.

Altogether 87,000 women, who were free of cancer, were followed for 26 years to assess weight change since the age of 18. Weight change since menopause was assessed among 50,000 of the women.

Females who gained 55 lbs since the age of 18 had a 45% increased risk of breast cancer, compared with those who maintained a healthy weight. Women who gained 22 lbs since menopause had an 18% rise in breast cancer risk.

Weight loss offers good news, however. Those who shed 22 lbs or more since menopause - and kept the weight off - had a 57% lower risk of breast cancer, compared with women who maintained the same weight.

Lead researcher Heather Eliassen said: 'Ours is the first study to show a significantly decreased risk with weight loss after menopause for women who maintained their loss.

'The trend of decreasing risk with more weight lost also was statistically significant. Our calculations suggest that weight gain since age 18 and since menopause contributes substantially to the incidence of breast cancer, and many cases could be avoided by maintaining weight throughout adult life.

'Importantly, many breast cancer cases could also be avoided by weight loss after menopause," said Dr. Elizassen, who added that, ideally, women should avoid weight gain throughout adult life, rather than count on losing weight after menopause.

It is thought changes in sex hormone levels, including a rise in estrogen production linked to obesity, could explain the increased risk of hormone-dependent cancers, like breast cancer, among obese patients.

In the case of breast cancer, estrogen is still produced by the fat cells in postmenopausal women, even when their ovaries are no longer doing so. Overweight women have double the level of circulating estrogen in their bodies as females of normal weight.

(1)  A. Heather Eliassen, ScD; Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH; Bernard Rosner, PhD; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH; Susan E. Hankinson, ScD, Adult Weight Change and Risk of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer, JAMA, July 12, 2006; 296: 193 - 201.

 
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  - Hippocrates
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INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS

Restaurant Rights

EXERCISE YOUR RESTAURANT RIGHTS - PART 2

Taking responsibility for your personal health needs shouldn't stop when you dine at a favorite restaurant. But eating a healthy meal as part of a night out doesn't mean you have to cut back on the fun, either.

As a valued customer, you have the right to request the restaurant to prepare the healthiest meal possible. If the management won't cooperate, take your custom elsewhere.

Soaring gas prices continue to force people to cut back on dining out, so there are plenty of other fine restaurants nearby which are just dying to serve your every need.

Last month, we suggested some ways of turning a meal at a restaurant into a healthy treat. Here are some more tips:

Expect special service and don't settle for second best - every customer is important and your health concerns are important.

Only eat what you want - don't feel a need to clear your plate and then end up feeling bloated from consuming more than you usually eat. Take the leftovers home in a container and re-live the pleasures of the meal by consuming the remaining food the following day.

Ask for a slice of lemon to go in your glass of water - it will add a little vitamin C and help start your digestion.

Limit your alcohol intake to one, good-sized glass of wine.

If you're having chicken as a main course, always remove the skin. An accompanying salad can help bring out the delicious taste.

If you want to sweeten your coffee, try not to use the artificial variety found in restaurants like aspartame. Take along your own choice of natural sweetener, such as stevia.

Skip the fancy desserts for fruit, which will refresh the palate.

And don't forget that you're special. Bon appetit!




Garlic and PeppersThe health benefits of eating garlic, onions and peppers on a regular basis have been known since ancient times. Modern research has identified why by showing that these pungent foods contain powerful chemical compounds that can help protect the body from a variety of disorder such as cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, respiratory problems and cancers.

Garlic can lower total cholesterol levels while raising HDL "good" cholesterol. It also produces "natural born killer" cells in the blood that will tackle infections and tumors, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots that are responsible for heart attacks and stroke.


The risk of certain cancers, including stomach cancer is also reduced by garlic, which is best eaten raw. Cooking can destroy some of the "allicin" compound which is responsible for the powerful healing effects. Although a sugar-free mint may be required to mask the pungent aroma after a meal, you can be certain the garlic is doing you good.

Onions can lower blood sugar levels by affecting the metabolism of glucose to help guard against Diabetes. They can also boost HDL "good" cholesterol levels (particularly when consumed raw) and increase blood-clot dissolving activity.

Scientific tests have also identified a compound in onions called "quercetin" which is a powerful antioxidant and cancer-attacking agent.

Peppers are known for their healing effect on respiratory problems. Hot peppers have always played an important role in traditional Chinese medicine, with the emphasis on their ability to tackle pulmonary and respiratory illnesses, as well as sinus and nasal passage problems. Peppers contain "capsaicin," which helps the lungs function more effectively while providing a major source of vitamin C.

Crush, mince or chop this powerful trio into as many ordinary, day-to-day recipes as you can. You can also cook them to add flavoring.

Don't just think of them as occasional food items to be used for special meals or when entertaining. Add them, for example, to ordinary casseroles and salads.

It only takes a little bit of imagination to think up new ways of incorporating them, so that your diet, and that of your family, gets a powerful health boost.
 



Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
You are well on the way to reversing your Insulin Resistance and preventing its related conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and Pre-Diabetes. You are also taking important steps to achieving your desired weight loss goal and the healthy lifestyle you deserve.

Remember that persistence is crucial.

We at Insulite Laboratories are committed to your success and your well being. We're here to help you.

Please contact us with any questions or to order the Insulite Excess Weight System, Insulite PCOS System, Insulite MetaX System or the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System at info@insulitelabs.com


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