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VIEWPOINTS:
HEALING NEWS FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
January 2007
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories



Welcome to the thirty-fourth edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.

We at Insulite Laboratories sympathize with the anxiety of parents and grandparents about the ever growing problem of obesity among children and young people. It’s a major crisis which threatens the future health of millions not just in the U.S. but throughout the world.

There are strategies, however, that grown-ups can implement to combat the spread of youth obesity and these measures mirror many of the healthy eating habits adopted by adults to manage their weight.

For example, parents should clearly let children know that a balanced meal includes vegetable and fruit servings. The key to signing kids up to this way of thinking is to put healthy food on the table without first asking if they would like, say, green vegetables with a particular meal.

Keep the vegetables "naked" by not putting heavy cheese sauces and margarine on them. And let kids participate in serving themselves by first giving them smaller portions so they get used to less food on their plate and then encouraging them to go back for a second helping of healthy fare if they are still hungry.

Another good idea is to discourage kids from sitting around for hours watching TV or playing video games. Get them to take up more energetic activities, instead.

A recent study compared 15 normal weight and overweight children, all aged 8-12, by getting them to wear sensors that measured their posture and activity for 10 days. Researchers found that the normal weight kids stood and moved about for an average of 368 minutes a day, while the overweight youngsters were active for only 282 minutes – an 86-minute difference each day in which the latter were prone to putting on weight.

If circumstances allow, the simplest way to encourage children to be active is ... to get a dog. Expanding your family with a canine friend, especially a puppy or a loving, mature dog from an animal welfare shelter, will give back so much pleasure, as well as providing an inexhaustible source of weight-reducing exercise that will benefit everyone’s health.

"Identify your natural abilities and then exploit them to achieve success."

– Dale Carnegie

 

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INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Intelligence Report

CUTTING CARBS CAN BOOST HEART HEALTH

Women who eat a diet moderately low in carbohydrates but rich in vegetable fat and protein can cut their risk of heart disease by as much as 20%.

A Harvard study discovered the reduction in risk after monitoring the diets of more than 80,000 nurses. The findings reinforce a growing trend in nutritional advice to consume moderate amounts of healthy fat found in nuts, avocadoes, vegetable oils and some seafood at the expense of processed carbs in such foods as white bread.

Among the groups that have recommended this approach to heart health in recent years include the 2000 and 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, the American Heart Association and the Federal Government's National Cholesterol Education Program.

All advise eating 25-35% of daily calories as fat from healthy sources such as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, flaxseed oil and olive oil while boosting consumption of beans, legumes, vegetables and certain fruit, especially berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

A healthy, balanced diet combined with regular exercise can help reverse Insulin Resistance, an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin which can be the underlying cause of excess weight and obesity. Being overweight may, in turn, lead to a variety of serious conditions, including the cluster of increased risk factors for heart disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).

Insulin Resistance-linked excess weight can also underpin Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of menstrual irregularity and female infertility as well as excess facial hair, acne and other skin conditions, female baldness and reduced sex drive. Not all PCOS sufferers are overweight, however. Up to 50% of women with PCOS may be of normal weight or lean.

Another danger associated with Insulin Resistance is Type 2 Diabetes. Before the onset of this latter disease, however, most people develop reversible Pre-Diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated beyond normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.

Left unchecked, Pre-Diabetes may lead to the Type 2 variety, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life. Many Diabetics require daily injections of insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes severely increases the risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease, as well as a heart attack or stroke. Some 90% of people with Type 2 also suffer from excess weight or obesity.

Click here to read about a scientific breakthrough that can combat Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) by reversing Insulin Resistance, a key underlying cause of excess weight and obesity.


 
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NEW RESEARCH

New Research

INSULIN RESISTANCE DISEASES IN YOUNG PEOPLE LINKED TO LACK OF SLEEP

The growing habit of children and adolescents of staying up late to watch TV and play computer games in their bedrooms may be linked to rising levels of obesity, Diabetes and heart disease among young people.

Shortened sleeping times could result in metabolic changes leading to Insulin Resistance-related excess weight and obesity, which often underlies the onset of dangerous diseases like Diabetes.

In the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, researcher Shalad Taheri wrote that TVs, computers, mobile phones and other gadgets should be banned from children's bedrooms to ensure they get a good night’s sleep.

Insufficient sleep in infants aged 30 months has already been associated with obesity by the time they reached the age of 7. Sleep loss at a young age may alter the body's mechanisms that regulate appetite and energy expenditure, said Taheri, a researcher at Bristol University in England.

In other research published by Taheri in 2004, he found that adults sleeping only five hours a night have almost 15% higher levels of ghrelin – a hormone released by the stomach to signal hunger – than people managing eight hours.

The same group of short sleepers also had over 15% less leptin, a hormone produced by fat tissue when energy levels are low that sends a fast, strong message to the brain to burn calories for energy, resulting in weight loss.

Children waking up tired from lack of proper sleep were less likely to exercise, which added to the likelihood of putting on weight, said Taheri. A vicious cycle is formed because one of the benefits of physical activity is better sleep, he added.

Taheri believes that, as well as observing regular sleeping and waking times, children should avoid large meals just before bedtime and sleep in quiet, dark bedrooms that are neither too hot or too cold.

Adolescents should be allowed to sleep in longer at weekends, he added, but for no more that two to three hours beyond normal waking time, otherwise the body’s internal clock will be disrupted.

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WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT???

Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?

Myth: Losing Weight Is Essential Before Beginning A Weight-Lifting Regime.

Fact: Not true. Lifting weights will not only help you lose weight, but also maintain the loss. Here’s why:

  • Muscle keeps your metabolism revved up, burning calories, fat and glucose.

  • When you lose weight, up to 25% of the loss may come from muscle, resulting in a slower metabolism. Weight lifting will help preserve or rebuild any muscle you lose by dieting.

  • Muscle helps you with aerobic exercise. The stronger you are, the better you will be at any aerobic activity.

  • Weight training improves your body's muscle-to-fat ratio (you end up with less body fat and more muscle). The process improves both your health and your fitness level.

  • Gaining muscle will help you look better as you define and tone your physique.

  • Building strength helps you feel good about yourself. Although the scale may show a slight weight gain when you start lifting weights (usually five pounds or less), you probably won’t look heavier because the gain is in muscle, and your clothes may even fit more loosely.


CONSULT DR. MARY

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories

Q. Can birth control pills have a detrimental effect on the treatment of PCOS?

A. Many women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) are often prescribed oral contraceptives to regulate their menstrual cycle and balance their hormones. However, this does not treat the underlying cause of PCOS and once the oral contraceptives are discontinued the symptoms of PCOS will reappear.

Contraceptive pills can also have a detrimental effect on the treatment of PCOS. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Endocrine Regulations, oral contraceptives may actually make you gain weight. (1)

The study looked at 19 non-obese women with PCOS who were evaluated before and after taking Diane 35, an oral contraceptive used in many countries. Diane 35 is a combination birth control pill containing ethinylestradiol and cyproteroneacetate.

After the women had used the pill for 7 months, researchers noticed a significant increase in weight and elevated cholesterol levels. The weight gain in these women negated the benefits of using the birth control pills to lower the elevated testosterone levels found in PCOS sufferers.

This is an interesting finding because many women with PCOS already have issues with weight gain and elevated cholesterol levels. These symptoms could be exacerbated by a course of action often prescribed to help treat PCOS. However, PCOS is not the exclusive preserve of women who are overweight or obese. Up to 50% of PCOS sufferers may be of normal weight or lean.

Therefore, women should be aware of the benefits and risks before deciding to go on oral contraceptives for PCOS. It is important to be pro-active about your health and learn as much as possible about the treatments that you are being prescribed.

(1)  Vrbikova J, Dvorakova K, Hill M, Starka L., Weight change and androgen levels during contraceptive treatment of women affected by polycystic ovary. Endocr Regul. 2006 Dec;40(4):119-23. PMID: 17201585

 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM WOMEN WITH PCOS

YOUR VIEWS ARE IMPORTANT TO US – TAKE THE INSULITE PCOS WEB SITE SURVEY AND YOU COULD WIN A GIFT!

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 – www.pcos.insulitelabs.com – 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 will receive a choice of either:

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

OR

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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"I would like to tell you how happy I am with the results I have seen in myself for the past three months since I started the Insulite System.

"I am starting my fourth month and have now lost 23 lbs. and 3-5 inches. Plus, for the first time in my life I have had my period for two consecutive months and they didn't last as long as usual. Of course, my acne and facial hair have lessened also."

 

– Amanda Ward
  Las Vegas, NV

 

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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



Have You Been Diagnosed with Excess Weight or Obesity?

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


Insulite ProductsInsulite Laboratories is committed to giving you a better understanding of excess weight and obesity and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

So we are very pleased to offer the Insulite Excess Weight and Obesity System, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance, an underlying cause of your weight.

Problems with weight can play a major role in the onset of a number of diseases, including PCOS. Some women suffer from obesity because Insulin Resistance-linked PCOS is the underlying cause of their weight gain. Lean women as well as women of normal weight can also suffer from PCOS.

If neglected, excess weight and obesity may also lead to the cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

The Insulite Excess Weight and Obesity 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 related diseases like PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome and Pre-Diabetes can be reversed.

Please go to www.weight.insulitelabs.com for more details

 
DID YOU KNOW?

Did You Know?

RELATIVELY MINOR WEIGHT LOSS CAN GREATLY REDUCE THE RISK OF PROSTATE CANCER

Men who lose a modest amount of weight greatly reduce their risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

After tracking the weight of nearly 70,000 men between 1982 and 1992, researchers from the American Cancer Society and the Duke University Prostate Center found that men who lost more than 11 pounds had a lower risk for aggressive prostate cancer than men whose weight remained the same over the decade.

Previous studies have found that obese men have a higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. This study appears to be the first to indicate that recent weight loss can decrease that risk.

As reported this month in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers analyzed the height and weight of the men in 1982 and 1992 and every three years after that until 2003. (1)

By the latter year, more than 5,200 of the men – over 7% – had prostate cancer. Among those cases, about one in eight had a form of cancer that was aggressive but had not spread to other areas of the body. The study’s major finding focused on those aggressive cases, with researchers concluding that those who lost 11 or more pounds were 42% less likely to develop that form of prostate cancer than those whose weight remained the same.

More than seven times as many men whose weight remained the same developed aggressive prostate cancer compared to those who lost 11 or more pounds.

"No significant associations" were found regarding the effect of weight gain or loss on the most severe forms of prostate cancer which spread throughout the body, said the study.

The number studied was small, the researchers acknowledged, because fewer than 15,000 men lost weight over the time period and only 1,000 of those developed some form of prostate cancer.

"The main message for men is to not get overweight," said lead researcher Dr. Carmen Rodriguez. "If they are overweight, that’s another reason to try to lose weight, just to decrease the risk for prostate cancer."

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men, and about one in six will get it during his lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer death for U.S. men.

The study is considered the first of its kind to examine the role of weight change in the development of prostate cancer, said Dr. Ronald Ennis, director of radiation oncology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, who was not involved in the study.

"This is one of the best studies examining the role of weight in prostate cancer," Dr. Ennis said. "It does seem to be true that if you are overweight, you are at risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer and if you lose weight, you can decrease the risk."

(1)  Body Mass Index, Weight Change, and Risk of Prostate Cancer in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort
Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2007 16: 63-69



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"Good health is the best reward that life has to offer."

 

– Paula Thompson

So much is possible when you are well.



INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS

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CURRY CAN BE A TASTY WAY TO SAFEGUARD AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

Adding an Indian curry to your regular diet could help protect you against a variety of conditions, including breast cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Curry is a blend of spices such as turmeric, fennel seeds, black pepper, cumin, mustard seed and chili powder. It tastes delicious with brightly-colored vegetables which contain natural disease-fighting substances called antioxidents.

Don’t worry that curry is going to be too hot for your tastebuds. Turmeric, for example, is a mild-tasting spice made by grinding up the root of the curcuma plant.

It could also do you good because, in a study reported in last November's issue of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, turmeric was shown to prevent joint swelling in rats with arthritis. (1)

Indian healers call turmeric "the spice of life." Doctors trained in the traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurvedic have for centuries used turmeric to treat inflammatory diseases like arthritis. In the U.S. many people with arthritis take over-the-counter supplements that contain curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

Scientists believe turmeric also contains a compound that guards against Alzheimer’s, which causes a decline in mental agility. The incidence of Alzheimer’s in India is actually four times lower than in the U.S.

Recent research into curry’s components has delivered suprising results. A study by the University of California in Los Angeles showed that curcumin could help clear the human brain of toxic protein deposits that cause memory loss and confusion seen in Alzheimer’s sufferers.

And a survey of more than 1,000 men in Singapore last year found that those who ate a lot of curry did better on memory tests than those who rarely ate spiced food.

Curry may also shut down genes that trigger the development and spread of breast cancer. In an handful of cases, it may also be able to stabilize pancreatic cancer. In addition, epidemiology studies have linked frequent use of turmeric spice to lower rates of prostate and colon cancer.

So the next time you decide to eat out, why not sample the menu at an Indian restaurant. Or try out some curry dishes at home with a little help from the variety of recipe books on the market covering the huge range of delicious dishes that hail from India.

(1)  Tumeric extract helps arthritis in rats, CBCNEWS: Jan 13, 2007


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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