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

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

We at Insulite Laboratories believe that, while losing weight may sometimes seem difficult, it can made a little easier by understanding your own eating habits. Knowing why you eat poorly may enable you to fine-tune your intake and switch to a more nutritious diet to achieve better health and a greater sense of well-being.

Weight gain is often a symptom of other things going on in a person's life. These issues can revolve around emotions that are hard to handle, such as loneliness, sadness, boredom and general unhappiness.

Eating unhealthy comfort food is often a way of relieving these feelings. But learning to cope with these underlying issues is a much better way of overcoming them than seeking the temporary relief of fattening food.

Having said that, you also need to be careful not to add feelings of deprivation to the mix. So allow yourself a treat occasionally as a reward for having the courage to confront emotions that may prevent you from achieving your ambitions. But always keep an eye on the big picture of what you want to accomplish.

Whatever the scale, success is usually born from past failure. To take a lofty example, Winston Churchill was regarded as a washed-up politician in the 1930s when scarcely anyone listened at first to his dire warnings about the rise of Adolf Hitler. Yet, with his attitude of never giving in, Churchill was proved right. And on being appointed Prime Minister in 1940, he effectively became his country's savior when Britain stood alone.

Remember this: everything you've done before, regardless of the outcome, brings you closer to getting it right the next time - if you give it a next time.

So ignore any negative, critical feelings and tell yourself you're on the way to success. And do you know what? You will be!




“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

- World Health Organization, 1948

That's as true today as it was back then.

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INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Intelligence Report
STUDIES REINFORCE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE LINKS WITH EXERCISE AND HEALTHY DIET

Older men and women can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease with modest exercise, while social ties and a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables may help stave off the disorder even if there is family history of the condition.

About 4.5 million Americans suffer from the cognitive disease and the figure may nearly quadruple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association. But one of two new Alzheimer's studies confirms that exercise is as good for the brain as it is for the rest of the body and regular short, brisk walks may keep the disease at bay (1).

Alzheimer's is becoming increasingly common after the age of 60 and causes memory loss, confusion and behavioral change. To discover if there are ways to avoid Alzheimer's, researchers at the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle recruited more than 1700 men and women aged 65 and over.

At the start of the study, none had any sign of dementia or even subtle cognitive problems that often signal the onset of the disease. Participants were asked about their exercise patterns and given frequent tests designed to detect early signs of memory loss and dementia.

Researchers found that 158 people of both sexes developed forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, during the 6-year study. But seniors who exercised gently for as little as 15 minutes, three days a week, reduced their risk of developing dementia by about 30%.

"We don't know if exercise makes the disease go away," said lead researcher Eric Larson, who stressed that the study does not provide direct proof that exercise will ward off dementia. 'But this is the best evidence you're going to get, short of a clinical trial."

A wealth of medical evidence exists to show that regular exercise can also help prevent the onset of heart disease and stroke, which, like Alzheimer's, may be linked to Insulin Resistance-related weight gain and obesity.

Insulin Resistance is an imbalance of glucose and insulin in the blood stream, which, if left unchecked, can be instrumental in the onset of numerous other disorders. These include Pre-Diabetes, the cluster of cardiovascular diseases called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), a leading cause of female infertility. All of these latter conditions can be reversed by weight loss via regular exercise and a balanced, nutritious diet.

The second new study suggests that a person's genes account for 58%-79% of the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's (2).

But experts say people can do a great deal to improve their chances of avoiding the condition by eating fruits and vegetables and staying connected to family and friends, as well as getting regular exercise.

Study author Margaret Gatz, a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said lifestyle factors such as maintaining social ties might delay or prevent Alzheimer's in some people who have a strong family history of the disease.

Professor Gatz and colleagues studied 12,000 pairs of identical and fraternal twins aged 65 and over. They found that, although Alzheimer's runs in a family in most cases, it does not do so automatically and keeping active socially can help ward off the disorder.

Experts warn that anyone with a family history of Alzheimer's should take the precaution of leading a healthy life to reduce the risk of developing the condition.

(1)Exercise Is Associated with Reduced Risk for Incident Dementia (2) among Persons 65 Years of Age and Older, Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan 2006; 144: 73 - 81.

(2)"The role of genes and environments for explaining Alzheimer’s disease" - Gatz, M.J., Reynolds, C.A., Fratiglioni, L., Johansson, B., Mortimer, J.A., Berg, S., Fiske, A., & Pedersen, N.L., (2006) Archives of General Psychiatry , 63, 168-174

Click here to learn about systems that can help reverse Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), PCOS (Polcystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Pre-Diabetes

NEW RESEARCH

New Research

INSULIN RESISTANCE IN TEENS RAISES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE RISK AS ADULTS

Teenagers who suffer from the imbalance in blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance may face a greater chance of developing high blood pressure as adults.

Over time, high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to damage to the cardiovascular system and an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose in the blood stream. Insulin Resistance occurs when the body begins to lose its ability to regulate glucose with insulin, creating an excess of both in the bloodstream. Insulin Resistance, which often underlies excess weight and obesity, is a reversible disorder. But if neglected, it can lead also to Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes, which are increasing rapidly throughout the world.

A study presented to the American Heart Association’s 58th Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference looked at Insulin Resistance in teens over five years and found the condition was associated with higher systolic blood pressure (1).

Systolic pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading, which measures the pressure in arteries when the heart contracts. Statistical analysis showed that Insulin Resistance was also associated, to lesser extent, with unfavorable changes in cholesterol levels and other blood fats.

“The results indicate that one of the keys to preventing high blood pressure is to start thinking about it in childhood,” said Alan Sinaiko, professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

“If Insulin Resistance in childhood is related to risk factors in adulthood, we ought to be thinking about this problem at an early age. By the time people are in their 20s and 30s, a lot of the risk is already set and we are treating the disease instead of preventing it.”

The study not only documents the independent association of Insulin Resistance to heart risk factors but also provides information about the origin of the condition, Dr. Sinaiko said.

“This study shows that Insulin Resistance is present at a very young age. Even though children don’t have the same degree of heart risk factors as adults, the findings suggest that Insulin Resistance has an early influence on what happens to people as adults.”

The results came from a study that began 10 years ago, involving 357 children whose average age was 13 at the time. Over the next 5 1/2 years, each one of the children had their body’s response to insulin checked on three separate occasions - enrollment and ages 15 and 19.

Doctors evaluated sensitivity to insulin with a technique called the euglycemic clamp. The test involves infusing a small amount of insulin into the blood for three hours. Simultaneously, glucose is infused through another vein. The test was designed to maintain blood sugar at a fairly normal level of 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

A small amount of glucose to maintain blood sugar levels indicates Insulin Resistance. Increasing amounts of glucose indicated insulin sensitivity.

At age 13, none of the children had hypertension (high blood pressure) and the average blood pressure for the study group was 109/55 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) in 198 boys and 106/58 mm Hg in 159 girls.

At age 19, systolic blood pressure increased by 0.42 mm Hg for each unit of Insulin Resistance at age 13, and it increased by 0.81 mm Hg for each unit increase in BMI (Body Mass Index - the standard weight to height measurement).

“There is no question that obesity in some people is significantly related to Insulin Resistance,” said Dr. Sinaiko.

“What we’re showing is that Insulin Resistance has an effect on systolic blood pressure that is independent of fatness and obesity. Strategies designed to reduce childhood obesity to prevent cardiovascular risk and Type 2 Diabetes may need to be complemented by treatment of Insulin Resistance in at-risk people.”


(1)Insulin Resistance in teens raises high blood pressure risk as adults
http://www.americanheart.org


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WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT?
  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Women Who Lift Weights Bulk Up

Fact: It takes years of heavy weight-lifting for professional bodybuilders to bulk up - often with the help of steroids. So women who work out in the normal way with weights are not in any danger of doing the same.

They would have to be willing to invest a lot of extra time to achieve the effect of rippling muscles - and very few women are ever tempted to use steroids.

Most women are not genetically predisposed to develop large muscles because they don't have the stores of the male hormone testosterone needed for this kind of muscle development.

In fact, many women lift weights that are far too light, according to some experts. If you can lift a weight for 45 repetitions without stopping then it's too light. After ten or fifteen repetitions, you should feel the weight becoming heavier because the goal of lifting weights is to tone and strengthen.


CONSULT DR. MARY
Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. What is cardiovascular inflammation and why is it dangerous?
 

A. Traditional risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease include smoking, sedentary life style, a family history of heart disease and being overweight or obese. But the latest research reveals that inflammation inside the cardiovascular vessels is another significant contributor to Cardiovascular Disease.

There are multiple biochemical risk markers for inflammation and in particular 3 types of cells that play an important role - endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells and immune cells. These cells all react to injury to the inside lining of the cardiovascular vessel by releasing inflammatory agents in an attempt to protect the vessel lining.

Events that trigger inflammatory response include exposure to insulin, elevated LDL
"bad" cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, smoking and exposure to second hand smoke, hypertension, (high blood pressure), Diabetes, infection, elevated CRP, elevated homocysteine and oxidant damage.

Inflammation contributes to unstable plaque building up within the vessels, which increases one’s risk of stroke, increases vascular constriction leading to elevated blood pressure, causes vascular leakage and impairs nitric oxide metabolism. Inflammation is also heightened by an improper balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, repeated exposure to refined carbohydrates and exposure to trans-fatty acids such as hydrogenated oils.

I feel sure sure that reducing inflammation will soon at the forefront of reversing Cardiovascular Disease, with nutrients playing an ever more important role in the treatment of this condition.



Further reading:

Osiecki, H. The role of chronic inflammation in cardiovascular disease and it’s regulation by nutrients. Alternative Medicine Review, 2004, vol. 9, (10) 32-53).


Walston J, Xue Q, Semba RD, Ferrucci L, Cappola AR, Ricks M, Guralnik J, Fried LP. Serum antioxidants, inflammation, and total mortality in older women. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Jan 1;163(1):18-26. Epub 2005 Nov 23
 


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- Emily Nation
  Colorado Springs, CO

 
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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


Have You Been Diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes?

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

We're Here to Support You.


Pre-DiabetX ProductInsulite Laboratories is committed to reversing Pre-Diabetes by giving you a better understanding of your condition and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

So we are very pleased to have introduced the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance, obesity and Pre-Diabetes. All three disorders are linked to each other.

If left unchecked, Pre-Diabetes may lead to 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 an often misunderstood disease. But it is important to know that Type 2 is a serious condition which greatly increases the risk of kidney disease, blindness and amputation, as well as the cluster of cardiovascular diseases called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

The Insulite Pre-Diabetes System contains a scientifically-designed product called Pre-DiabetX, which directly lowers elevated levels of blood glucose caused by Insulin Resistance-connected excess weight and obesity.

For more information, please go to pre-diabetes.insulitelabs.com



DID YOU KNOW?
Did You Know?

WEIGHT GAIN CAN AFFECT YOUR PAY CHECK AND CAREER PROSPECTS

The Hooters chain of restaurants seems unlikely anytime soon to revise its physical endowment qualifications for women wanting to work as table-hopping waitresses.

But while Hooters may be a somewhat extreme example, evidence is growing that an employee's appearance is a powerful factor in how more and more companies across the business spectrum think they are perceived by the public. As a consequence, personal appearance, and weight in particular, plays a major role in individual job success - or lack of it.

New research and high-profile lawsuits alleging appearance-based discrimination is raising awareness about how looks help or hinder careers. It also has some organizations such as the International Size Acceptance Association, which is dedicated to fighting size discrimination, calling for legal protections based on appearance.

Such moves are already underway in certain parts of America. Michigan bans discrimination based on height and weight. So does San Francisco. Santa Cruz in California does the same and adds physical characteristics to its ban list, while Washington D.C. outlaws employment discrimination based on personal appearance.

But for the most part, employees have no protection from appearance-based discrimination unless a company's policies single out workers based on race, gender or age.

A survey sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research studied 3,335 men and women by correlating weight and earning capacity. Researchers discovered that a 1% increase in women's body mass resulted in 0.6% decrease in family income. Men, however, suffered no such negative affect.

The question of whether weight is a disability under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act is still being decided in the courts. But in many cases already heard, the outcome was that obesity is not a disability protected by law.

More than 20% of obese employees have low morale and are more likely to be disengaged at work, according to a survey of more than 1,000 client organizations last year by ComPsych, a consultancy company. That figure was twice as high as employees of healthy weight.

But Allen Steadham of the International Size Acceptance Association maintains that heavier employees are just as productive as their slimmer counterparts and, if discriminated against, they are beginning to fight back.

"People are standing up for themselves with lawsuits," said Mr. Steadham. "High-profile cases are bringing attention to the issue and that brings change."

 
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“If I had my way, I'd make health catching, instead of disease.”
  - Robert Ingersoll
Take control of the future by
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INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS

Workout

MIX UP YOUR WORKOUT TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

Even though this winter has been generally mild so far, it's still easy to get the indoor blues and lose the habit of regular exercise.

One way to avoid getting out of condition is to mix up your workout and focus on the stomach, back, thighs, chest and quadriceps for greater overall fitness. Here are some simple tips, though always consult a doctor before starting a new exercise routine, especially if you have any particular health concerns.

1) Warm up by turning on some motivating music and jump rope for 10 minutes.

Then lie face down on a balance ball, with the ball under your hips and lower torso. On your toes or knees, with your hands behind your back, slowly roll up and down toward the floor while balancing your torso on the ball. Lift your chest off the ball, bringing the shoulders up until the body is in a straight line. Repeat 12-16 times. This exercise strengthens abdominal and back muscles.

After a break, try lying face up with the ball under your head, neck and shoulders, so the head is supported on the ball and the knees are bent. Squeeze the glutes to raise the hips up until your body is in a straight line like a bridge. Make sure your knees don't flare. Lower and repeat 12-16 times. Do three sets.

2) Warm up by standing straight and bend your left knee. Draw up your left foot and place the sole against the inner right thigh for 30 seconds. Repeat on the right side.

Then stand up straight with your feet hip-distance apart. Shift your weight slightly onto your right foot, then raise your right arm with the palm facing forward. Bend your left leg behind you and with your left hand grab your foot, ankle, calf or whatever part of your leg you can reach. Hold the pose for 10 seconds and be sure to breathe normally. Repeat on the left side. This exercise strengthens legs and the spine.

After a break, lie on your back facing up. Straighten your right leg above your head and clasp the foot with both hands. If you cannot reach your foot, use a belt, exercise rubber band or yoga strap to span the gap or clasp your ankle, calf or thigh. Press the right leg as straight as you can, tighten the quadriceps and extend the heel towards the ceiling. Firmly press your lower back at the base of your spine down to the floor and gently pull the leg toward you, flattening the shoulder blades and rounding your chest. Repeat on the left side. This exercise is good for stretching and flexibility.



BroccoliBROCCOLI - SUPERFOOD SUPERSTAR

Despite its modest appearance, broccoli is in a class of its own when it comes to health-changing food. A member of the cabbage family, broccoli can protect the heart and help prevent a stroke as well fight cancer and perhaps even ease arthritic pain.

Broccoli is easily the most nutritious of the cruciferous family, which includes brussels spouts and cauliflower. Like all its cousins, it contains nitrogen compounds called indoles, which studies show are effective in helping to prevent breast, stomach and prostate cancer.

But broccoli goes one step further because it contains especially high amounts of enzymes and nutrients such as carotenoids that sweep up cancer-fuelling free radicals.

Besides being calcium-rich and high in fiber, broccoli is also a major source of vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, potassium and iron. It's such a preventative powerhouse that broccoli may also help prevent cataracts, osteoporosis, ulcers and hypertension (high blood pressure).

When buying this remarkable vegetable, ensure it was picked young and is still fresh. Overly mature examples will be tough and woody and emit a sulfurous odor when cooked. The florets should be tightly closed and uniformly green, with the stalks snapping crisply. Yellowing florets mean that the broccoli is past its prime.

Steaming is the healthiest way to cook broccoli. Boiling, microwaving or stir-frying will leach away many of the nutrients. And don't forget to eat the leaves. Most people cut them off but they contain even more beta-carotene than the florets themselves.




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 System, Insulite PCOS System, Insulite MetaX System, or the new  Insulite Pre-Diabetes System at info@insulitelabs.com


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