Insulite Labs
February 2007
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Welcome to the thirty-fifth edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.


In January, we ran a reader survey to learn your views about the Insulite PCOS System and our PCOS web site. The response was so overwhelming – and the information so useful to us – that we are repeating the survey this month to increase our data about your specific needs and preferences. Another set of prizes will go to the first 25 women who respond to this survey.

We are in the process of dispatching prizes to the first 25 who replied to January's survey and we request that you not to respond again if you participated previously.



At Insulite Laboratories, we continually seek the views of our web site visitors. It's part of our commitment to providing you with the clearest and most effective information on reversing Insulin Resistance-related conditions such as PCOS and restoring your health.

If you visited our PCOS site – – and decided not to purchase the Insulite PCOS System, we would like to learn your views about our content and presentation. As an added incentive for participating, the first 25 women to complete our survey this month will receive a choice of either:

1 month's supply of the complete Insulite PCOS System, worth US $119.


4 months' supply of Meta OmegaX – omega-3 fatty acids which reverse the damage caused by Insulin Resistance to the cardiovascular system, as well as having many other health benefits. This package is valued at US $100.

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If, for any reason, you are unable to access the survey this month, or were unable to do so last month, please contact us.

"Travel light and leave the baggage of past failure behind in your quest for success."

– Chuck Haynes


Self-belief can propel you to achievement.

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Intelligence Report


Women may jeopardize their chance of becoming pregnant by eating trans fats in fast food like french fries.

The more trans fats that a woman eats, the more likely she is to be infertile, according to a new study which has particular relevance for those suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – one of the main causes of female infertility.

Artery-clogging trans fats found in fried foods, packaged snacks, commercial baked goods and other sources are already known to increase the chance of developing Diabetes and the cluster of increased risks for heart disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X). Among other detrimental side effects, trans fats increase LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower HDL "good cholesterol."

But the new study by the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston found that trans fats can also interfere with the activity of a cell receptor involved in inflammation, glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. When interference to the cell receptor is rectified by reducing trans fats, however, fertility has been shown to improve in women suffering from PCOS, reports the January edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1).

The imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance often underlies excess weight and obesity, which, in turn, can cause PCOS. As well as infertility and menstrual irregularity, Insulin Resistance-linked PCOS can also cause acne and other skin conditions, excess facial and body hair, female hair loss and reduced sex drive.

Overweight women do not have a monopoly on PCOS, however. Up to 50% of PCOS sufferers may be females who are of normal weight or even lean.

To investigate how trans fat consumption might affect fertility, the researchers analyzed data from 18,555 healthy women participating in the Nurses' Health Study. All were married and trying to become pregnant between 1991 and 1999.

For every 2% increase in the amount of calories a woman received from trans fats instead of carbohydrates, the researchers found her risk of infertility increased by 73%. The risk rose by 79% for every 2% of energy from trans fats if they replaced omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. And for every 2% of calories derived from trans fats instead of healthier monounsaturated fats, the risk of infertility more than doubled.

For a woman eating 1,800 calories a day, 2% of energy intake required just 4 grams of trans fat, noted research team leader Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro.

"It's not very hard to get 4 grams of trans fatty acids every day," he said. "It's really a small amount of trans fatty acids that we observe having a significant effect on infertility."

The Food and Drug Administration now requires manufacturers to state on their labels if a food contains a half-gram of trans fat or more per serving. But foods with less than a half-gram are allowed to claim that they have zero grams of trans fat.

To cut trans fats out of the diet completely, people should avoid all foods that list hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in their ingredients.

New York is in the process of banning trans fats in the city's restaurants. Others major cities, including Chicago, Boston and Seattle, are thinking of following suit.

(1)  Jorge E Chavarro, Janet W Rich-Edwards, Bernard A Rosner, and Walter C Willett, Dietary fatty acid intakes and the risk of ovulatory infertility. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, Jan 2007; 85: 231 - 237.

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New Research


Scientists have identified the genes that raise the risk of developing irreversible Type 2 Diabetes.

The breakthough helps pave the way for a test to provide a much earlier warning than was previously possible of the likelihood of developing the condition, enabling steps to be taken to avoid the disease.

Many people become Type 2 Diabetics because they are overweight or obese as a result of an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance. But experts believe some people are more susceptible than others, due to their genetic make up.

A research team at Imperial College, London, hope their gene discovery will lead to a test to spot those most at risk. Then those affected can make crucial lifestyle changes such as adopting a balanced, nutritious diet and a regular exercise regime to lose weight at an early enough stage to avoid the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

It could also lead to new treatments for the condition, which, if not properly managed, can lead to amputation, blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.

Lead researcher Professor Philippe Froguel, of Imperial College's Division of Medicine, said: "If we can tell someone that their genetics mean they are predisposed towards Type 2 Diabetes, they will be much more motivated to change things such as their diet to reduce their chances of developing the disorder.

"We can also use what we know about the specific genetic mutations associated with Type 2 Diabetes to develop better treatments."

The research marks the first time the genetic make-up of any disease has been mapped in such detail.

The team surveyed 700 people with Type 2 Diabetes and a family history of the condition and then compared their genetic mutations with 700 healthy people. Researchers identified four points on the genetic maps of Diabetics that were linked to their risk of developing the disease.

Their findings were confirmed by analyzing the genetic make-up of another 5,000 people with Type 2 Diabetes and a family history of the disorder, to check for the same mutations.

From this data, they concluded these four points explain up to 70% of the genetic background of Type 2 Diabetes. The researchers also believe one of the mutations might help explain one of the triggers for the condition and so lead to new treatments.

They found Diabetics have a particular mutation in a gene involved in transportation of zinc around the body and insulin secretion. By fixing this problem, they may therefore be able to overcome insulin deficiencies of some people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Professor Froguel added: "The two major reasons why people develop Type 2 Diabetes are obesity and a family link. Our new findings mean that we can create a good genetic test to predict people's risk of developing this type of Diabetes."

Diabetes exists in two main forms. Type 1 develops if the body is unable to produce any insulin and is usually diagnosed before the age of 40, often in young children.

Type 2 occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly. Until recently, it was only seen in adults over 40. However, with rising rates of obesity, it is now being detected at much younger ages and even in children for the first time.

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Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories

Q. Can PCOS increase the risk of heart disease?

A. Yes it can. Women with reversible Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are often not educated about the health risks associated with this condition. The risks, which include cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes, increase after menopause, according to a new study.

Published in the January 2007 edition of the journal Menopause, the study looked at 713 post-menopausal females, with 9.3% fitting the criteria of having PCOS. (1)

The criteria for diagnosis included the presence of 3 or more of the following features common in PCOS: a history of irregular menses, hyper-androgenism (excess facial hair, male-pattern baldness), infertility or miscarriage, central obesity or Insulin Resistance.

The study showed the prevalence of cardiovascular disease increased in women with 3 or more characteristics of PCOS. The most likely cause was the presence of Insulin Resistance, the root cause of PCOS. A reversible imbalance of insulin and blood glucose, Insulin Resistance leads to the body becoming insensitive to the insulin it produces, resulting in elevated circulating levels of the vital latter hormone. This, in turn, causes the hormonal imbalance and weight gain associated with PCOS. All these symptoms are risk factors for heart disease.

The study highlights the importance of educating women about the condition. It is critical that all women realize the necessity of taking control of their health now and reversing PCOS, so that they do not suffer the future health risks associated with this condtion.

(1)  Krentz AJ, von Muhlen D, Barrett-Connor E., Searching for polycystic ovary syndrome in postmenopausal women: evidence of a dose-effect association with prevalent cardiovascular disease. Menopause. 2007 Jan 19 PMID: 17245231


Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?

Myth: Delicious shrimp is a bad choice for a weight loss diet because it's high in cholesterol.

Fact: Yes and No. Too much shrimp would be a bad thing because of its cholesterol content. But small amounts can be healthy because shrimp is low in saturated fat, which is the main culprit in elevating cholesterol levels.

Other sources of saturated fat include red meat and dairy products like cheese and butter.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the effects of shrimp on cholesterol levels. It concluded that moderate shrimp consumption did not adversely affect a person's average overall cholesterol profile and could be included in heart-healthy nutritional guidelines.

To derive the most benefit, choose to have your shrimp grilled or steamed.


"First of all, I am thankful to Insulite Labs research for such a wonderful recovery plan for patients with PCOS. I have been on the supplements for less than 10 days and I already notice some physical changes – including reduced acne and body weight.

"It is true that every woman with PCOS needs to know about your products and I am glad that it is not just a product marketing strategy but designed to help patients truly feel better and recover.

"Please convey my sincere thanks to Dr. Mary Shackelton, Medical Director, for her vision."


– M B
  Danbury, CT


Read more about women recovering from PCOS

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Have You Been Diagnosed with PCOS?

If You Have, We're Here to Help You Restore Your Health

Insulite SystemInsulite Laboratories is committed to giving you a better understanding of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and a common underlying cause of the condition, namely Insulin Resistance-linked excess weight or obesity.

So we are very pleased to offer the Insulite PCOS System, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance, an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin.

PCOS is a major cause of female infertility, as well as irregular periods and excessive bleeding, obesity, skin conditions like acne and brown patches, excess body hair, female baldness and reduced sex drive.

The Insulite PCOS 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, cells can absorb blood glucose through the receptor sites more efficiently for conversion to energy, thereby reducing levels of circulating glucose. A decrease in elevated blood glucose lowers the secretion of insulin, which are both major underlying causes of excess weight gain and obesity.

When insulin and glucose are in balance, weight loss is facilitated and a related disease like PCOS can be reversed.

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Did You Know?


Most people do not get enough of the rough stuff – roughage, that is, or fiber, as it's also known.

The benefits of roughage are wide-ranging, from weight loss and lower risk of heart disease and Diabetes to relief from constipation and other bowel ailments.

Although fiber alone is no longer thought to prevent colon cancer, a recent British study suggested it might lower breast cancer risk in pre-menopausal women. The American Cancer Society certainly believes high-fiber foods are full of crucial nutrients.

The Institue of Medicine recommends 21 to 38 grams of fiber per day for adults, depending on their age. Yet studies show that the average adult only consumes about 15 grams. Children also do not on average achieve the daily recommended figure of 5 grams of fiber plus their age i.e. a child of 10 should consume 15 grams a day.

One reason to explain the deficiency is that people do not eat enough vegetables, fruit, beans and nuts, which are a plentiful source of fiber. The solution involves a simple formula – add fiber and you will eat healthier by including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your diet.

Start slowly, however, because a sudden increase in fiber can cause side-effects like gas and bloating. Always add fluid as you add fiber to your diet to keep your gut working smoothly. Older intestines work more sluggishly.

Always check food labels for fiber content to boost your daily consumption.

Good sources of fiber:

  • 1 medium banana = 3.1 grams of fiber

  • Half-a cup of black beans = 7.5 grams

  • 1 medium baked potato with skin = 4.4 grams

  • Half a cup of chickpeas = 6 grams

  • 1 oz of sunflower seeds = 2.6 grams

Three Women.

"Good health provides a firm foundation for everything else in life."


– Amy Mencken

Fitness can be the springboard to so much.


Young Black couple walking hand in hand.


Even though it sounds a lot, 5,000 steps a day aren't nearly enough to keep you healthy. In fact, that number of steps or less comes under the lifestyle heading of "sedentary," according to exercise experts.

Even if you increase the number to 7,499, you’re still classed as "low activity", while 7,500 to 9,999 qualifies as "somewhat active." Only when you rack up 10,000 or more steps a day do you reach the status of "active."

Most people, of course, don't have the patience to record their individual steps, which is why buying a pedometer is an ideal solution. Wearing this handy little device counts your steps and helps to gauge your fitness level, as well as encouraging you to keep walking.

Pedometers vary in sophistication and price, depending on what they offer. The simplest examples only count your steps and display them or the distance you've covered. Others can be used as a stopwatch, a timer and a means of keeping track of pulse, speed and how many calories are being burned. Expect to pay around $15 or more for a good, versatile pedometer.

Comfort is important, especially if you're going to wear a pedometer all day to keep track of your total number of steps between breakfast and bedtime.

So, too, is position. It's best to clip the pedometer to a waistband in a place that's directly above the knee, so there's limited bounce. Because the pedometer measures steps through body movements, too much bouncing could affect the step count and lead to inaccurate readings.

Start your new regime by wearing the pedometer all day every day for a whole week. Record the daily steps you take in a normal day in a notebook, including those at work, where it's a good idea to start taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking down a corridor to consult colleagues instead of emailing them.

By the end of the week you'll know how many steps you take on average and how many more you need to add to your routine to reach the magical figure of 10,000 a day. Seeing the number of steps you've taken will encourage you to rack up some more.

Take your time – there's no rush. Only extend your walking throughout the day by an amount that feels comfortable, though an ideal increase to aim for is 20% more daily steps each week en route to eventually achieving the 10,000 target.

The average stride is 2.5 feet, so 10,000 steps means you’ll be walking an impressive and healthy five miles a day.

You don't have to stop there, either. If weight loss is one of your aims, consider increasing your daily total to 12,000 or even 15,000 steps a day. You cardiovascular systems will benefit greatly, as well as your overall sense of well being.

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.

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