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July 2006
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Welcome to the twenty-eighth edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.

We at Insulite Laboratories know that weight loss is often shrouded by the media in masses of complicated advice, much of which sounds like sheer torture. In fact, a lot of it is enough to put you off even attempting to lose weight.

But one of the best ways of moving forward to enjoying the health benefits of weight loss is also one of the most straightforward - namely, portion control.

The simplest adjustment you can make to adopting a healthy new lifestyle is to eat smaller portions of food as part of a balanced, nutritious diet combined with regular exercise.

Easier said than done, you may say. But eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can reduce your hunger pangs by weaning you off fattening, high-carb food. And once you've decided to lose weight, putting smaller and healthier portions on your plate will be a motivating reminder of just how much excess food you've been eating in the past.

Say you plan to eat chicken in the next few days. When you do serve it up as a meal, halve the portion you would normally eat and add extra salad or vegetables to the plate to make it a satisfying and healthy meal that aids weight loss.

Other relatively painless diet sacrifices can set you on the way to the huge improvement in health and well being that you'll feel through weight loss. Here are some simple suggestions to get you going:

  • Remove the skin from a cooked chicken breast

  • Switch from a bagel to an omelet in the morning

  • Restrict yourself to one glass of wine in the evening

  • Dip vegetables in a delicious dip instead of eating a cheese sandwich
By thinking "small," you'll soon find yourself en route to all the benefits that weight loss can bring.

“What the hell - you might be right, you might be wrong. But just don't avoid doing something.”

- Katharine Hepburn

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Intelligence Report

It's still a commonly-held view that stroke mainly affects men. But nothing could be further from the truth because more women than men suffer and die from stroke.

Currently, 55% of the 700,000 stroke victims in the U.S. every year are female. So are 60% of stroke fatalities, which means more than 100,000 women die of this disease annually.

Pregnancy increases the risk of stroke slightly because blood pressure rises a little when a woman is carrying a baby and blood has a tendency to clot more easily during gestation. But post-menopausal females are most at risk because of their greatly-reduced production of the ovary-linked hormone called estrogen, which appears to offer some stroke protection.

However, stroke can attack non-pregnant women at any age during their reproductive years, with 11% more female victims than men under the age of 45.

Basic Instinct actress Sharon Stone had a brain aneurysm at the age of 43 in 2001, from which she made a full recovery. Former Miss Arizona Leean Hendrix suffered a stroke in 2002 at the age of 26. She now lives with headaches and memory loss and uses her experience to educate people about stroke dangers.

Black women are at greater risk of dying from stroke than Caucasians, regardless of age.

Stroke refers to brain damage resulting from the interruption of blood to the brain. In nearly 90% of cases, stroke is ischemic, meaning that a blood clot suddenly obstructs an artery in the brain. Clots occur when plaque, made of cholesterol and other fatty material, builds up in the artery for months or years before causing it to rupture.

A clot may originate either in a brain artery or travel there from elsewhere in the body, like the carotid arteries in the neck or from the heart during a rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation.

Bleeding within the brain is the second and much less common form of stroke, which most often occurs after a serious injury to the head. Although rare, hemorrhagic strokes are more common in women than men.

High blood pressure (hypertension), which is closely associated with the blood glucose and insulin imbalance called Insulin Resistance, is the single most important contributor to stroke in both sexes. It is often caused by excess weight and obesity.

Other Insulin Resistance-linked risk factors for stroke include Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as high blood levels of harmful triglycerides and LDL "bad" cholesterol and low levels of HDL "good" cholesterol.

Fortunately, Insulin Resistance can be reversed via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise, with the resulting weight loss playing a crucial role in reducing the risk of stroke for both sexes.

Lowering blood pressure can also decrease the chances of accelerated brain aging and mental decline such as Alzheimer's disease, which often impairs memory, thinking and judgment.

Click here to read about a system that can reverse Insulin Resistance.


New Research


Researchers can now predict a person's likelihood of developing Diabetes based on how obese he or she is as teenager.

A meeting in July of the American Diabetes Association was presented with a study which suggested that the heavier a person is at 18, the far greater the risk of developing Diabetes later in life. Researchers based their findings on data from calculations of body mass index (BMI), a number related to the ratio between an individual's weight and height.

A BMI reading of between 18 and 25 is regarded as normal, while that of between 25-29 qualifies as overweight. A BMI of 30-34 is obese and 35 or higher is very obese.

Study leader Venkat Narayan, head of epidemiology and statistics at the Diabetes branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said efforts to prevent obesity should target younger people as well as adults.

The study's findings were based on data from 1997 to 2004 in the National Health Interview Survey of more than 800,000 healthy adults. The findings showed that the odds of a person of normal weight at age 18 developing Diabetes later in life is 1-in-5 or 1-in-6.

But the risk increases greatly with obesity at that age.

"If you're very obese at age 18, you have a 3-in-4 chance of developing Diabetes," said Dr. Narayan, who added that damage to an obese youngster's body can start as early as the age of 10.

Type 2 is the most common form of Diabetes and accounts for up to 95% of the 20.8 Diabetics in the U.S. Once the preserve of adults, it is now being seen in increasingly younger victims.

The condition is irreversible and can only be managed once it develops in part from the body's inability to properly use it own insulin - a condition made worse by obesity. Type 2, which is also closely associated with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in adults, often requires daily injections of insulin and is a severely increased risk factor for amputation, blindness and kidney disease, as well a heart attack or stroke.

Before developing this disease, however, most people experience Pre-Diabetes, an Insulin Resistance-linked disorder which can be reversed before it leads to the Type 2 variety. A balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise are crucial to reversing Pre-Diabetes - a condition in which blood levels tested after an overnight fast are between 100-125 milligrams per deciLiter (mg/dL), compared to the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes at 126 mg/dL or over.

Roughly 41 million Americans have Pre-Diabetes and so are at risk of developing Type 2 for the rest of their lives.

An imbalance of blood glucose and insulin levels, Insulin Resistance often underlies excess weight and obesity.

It can also be factor in such disorders as the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), as well as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility plus excess facial and body hair, skin conditions like acne and brown skin patches, male pattern baldness in women and reduced sex drive.

Click here to read about the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System which can help reverse Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes

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  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Adults Regain Weight Because Their Metabolism Rate Always Returns To A Certain Level.

Fact: The "set-point" theory argues that we all have an internal weight regulator, like a thermostat, that adjusts our metabolic rate up or down whenever we gain or shed pounds in order to return our body to its pre-determined weight.

Undoubtedly, some controls do exist or we would all be obese, or, alternately, wasting away.

But studies show that when we lose weight slowly, our metabolism actually shifts to a new normal rate for that new weight. Some people nevertheless embrace the "set point" theory to blame their bodies, rather than their own behavior, for weight-loss failure.

The fallacy tends to offer comfort to those who refuse to accept the fact that weight control requires a firm commitment to a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise.

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. Why Are Sodas So Bad For Good Health?

A. Sweetened beverages, including sodas and fruit juices, can lead to weight gain and increase your risks of developing Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes.

According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, women who drank one or more sweetened soft drinks per day had a higher risk of developing Diabetes along with gaining weight (1).

Another study showed consumption of products containing high fructose corn syrup, found most commonly in soft drinks as well as some fruit juices and cereals, increased body fat even when consuming a lower calorie diet (2).

High fructose corn syrup is produced by processing corn into a sugar molecule. It's been shown to lead to weight gain because fructose is stored in your body as fat and not used for energy, like glucose. The intake of high fructose corn syrup found in sodas and many other processed foods may be playing a role in the current obesity and Diabetes epidemic. Even diet sodas which contain no calories can be high in fructose and lead to weight gain.

It is estimated that drinking 2 cans of soda per day can lead to a 21 lb weight gain in a year! So it's worth the effort to cut sodas and sweetened beverages from your diet.

If you need a change from just drinking water, try to spice it up by adding some herbal teas sweetened slightly with stevia, an herb that is naturally sweet. This will be a great starting point for losing weight and improving your health!

(1)  Schulze MB, Manson JE, Ludwig DS, Colditz GA, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Hu FB.
Sugar-sweetened beverages, weight gain, and incidence of type 2 diabetes in young and middle-aged women., JAMA. 2004 Aug 25;292(8):927-34., PMID: 15328324

(2)  Jurgens H, Haass W, Castaneda TR, Schurmann A, Koebnick C, Dombrowski F, Otto B, Nawrocki AR, Scherer PE, Spranger J, Ristow M, Joost HG, Havel PJ, Tschop MH., Consuming fructose-sweetened beverages increases body adiposity in mice., Obes Res. 2005 Jul;13(7):1146-56., PMID: 16076983



Insulite Laboratories Medical Director Dr. Mary Shackelton, MPH, ND, will be a featured speaker at the PCOS Association’s (PCOSA) 2006 International Conference to be held September 15 – 17 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Dr. Shackelton will focus on the "Natural Treatment of PCOS" and outline the positive results of the Insulite PCOS System to an audience comprised of women with PCOS, healthcare practitioners and businesses and organizations involved in the treatment of the disorder.

The theme for this year’s conference is "Moving Mountains through Strong Mind, Body & Spirit."

Other presentations will include:
  • PCOS: From Pre-Menarche through Adulthood

  • Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy with PCOS - Today's Options

  • Reconnect with Food - Nutrition and Yoga Therapy for the Individual with PCOS

  • PCOS, Mood & Depression

  • Prevention of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease

  • The Miracle Connection: Find Your Inner Voice Through Body Mind Awareness
There will also be a number of panel discussions as well as break-out and exercise sessions.

Dr Shackelton said: "I am honored to participate in this conference and to meet with other health care practitioners who are also working to improve the care and treatment of the PCOS patient.

"Additionally, I am thrilled to be able to connect with women suffering from PCOS and to share alternative options for addressing PCOS. This is an invaluable experience for me and my continued work and research at Insulite Laboratories."

For further information on the PCOSA 2006 International Conference visit the PCOSA web site at

“I have been on the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System for 6 months now. I have lost 52.5 lbs and am walking 5 miles a day, 6 days a week. I feel great! I still have a hard time believing that this has worked so well and so easily. I have tried to lose weight for years and had even come to the point of gaining weight while fasting.

"When I read about Insulin Resistance, it described me perfectly. The Insulite System made complete sense. I have followed the entire plan and the results are astounding. God has used the Insulite System to change my life. Your support has been tremendous!

"Thank you for being there for me.”

- Sheryl Ward
  Hernando, MS

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


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 new Board member Dr. Heather DeLuca:

Dr. Heather DeLuca
Dr. Heather DeLuca

Dr. DeLuca received her Naturopathic Degree and B.S. in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Washington state. Her particular interests include research in the fields of nutrition, diets and nutrient therapies.

She specializes in counseling as well as nutritional, botanical, orthomolecular and physical medicines.

One of the goals of Naturopathic Medicine is to find the cause of illness.

With the rise of obesity, Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, along with their many complications, research is revealing one of the main causes to be Insulin Resistance.

Although important, it is not enough to just treat the symptoms. You have to treat the cause, too. A balanced, nutritious diet plan and a program of regular exercise are proving to be crucial to help reverse these diseases and allow people to regain control of their health.

I am very excited to be a part of a team that is making a difference in people's lives by taking a lead role in preventing and reversing Insulin Resistance.

If you have a question for Dr. DeLuca 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

Have You Been Diagnosed with Excess Weight or Obesity?

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 excess weight and obesity and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

So we are very pleased to have launched the Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance and reduce your weight.

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

Weight problems can also play a major role in the onset of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility as well as irregular periods, skin conditions like acne and brown skin patches, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women. Conversely, some women suffer from obesity because Insulin Resistance-linked PCOS is the underlying cause of their weight gain.

Another condition linked to excess weight and obesity is reversible Pre-Diabetes. If neglected, this 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 System for Excess Weight and Obesity 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.

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Did You Know?

No matter what your age, nutrition plays a vital role in good health. But many people don't realize that the dietary needs of men and women change through the years.

In our second guide to healthy eating for both sexes as they get older, we cover the years 35-65 and beyond.

Men and Women Aged 35 to 45

While your 20s may be becoming an increasingly distant memory at this age, there's so much to look forward to and the importance of eating the right food becomes ever more important.

Eat more superfoods: although you should try to eat these foods throughout your life, it's especially important to eat more of them now. Examples include:

  • Fish from the sea rather than a farm, like omega 3-rich salmon

  • Apples, apricots, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, papaya and melons

  • Almonds and walnuts

  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

  • Asparagus, avocado, broad beans, broccoli sprouts and cabbage

  • Chilies and garlic

  • Kale, onions, peas, peppers, tomatoes and watercress
As always, eating five fruits and vegetables a day is recommended. This isn't just idle advice, either - fruit and vegetables are actually thought to reduce the risk of many cancers, especially those of the digestive system such as mouth, stomach and bowel.

It has also been suggested that up to 80% of colorectal cancer cases - cancers of the colon or rectum - are caused by poor diet. Eating more fiber-rich fruit and vegetables can help reduce your risk.

Increase your Omega-3s

Most people don't have enough of these essential fatty acids in their diet. But they can literally be lifesavers and have been shown to help protect against coronary heart disease. You can get Omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish such as mackerel, salmon or fresh tuna. Plus linseed, flaxseed, walnuts and rapeseed.

Ages 45-65 and beyond

It's never too late to look after your health and a balanced, nutritious diet, combined with regular exercise, can make a difference at 45 and during the years that follow. Some foods can help stave off the onset of all sorts of debilitating conditions as you get older, from heart disease and Alzheimer's to osteoporosis and Diabetes.


The major diet-related health risks for men of this age are prostate cancer, obesity and coronary heart disease. Being forewarned is forearmed so here's a quick summary of how you can reduce the dangers:
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes for their lycopene content - a carotenoid which may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

  • Try to reduce intake of saturated fats and replace them with monounsaturated found in olive oil or polyunsaturated fats, found in sunflower oil. Monounsaturated fats help increase HDL "good" cholesterol while polyunsaturated fats help reduce LDL 'bad' cholesterol, which can be crucial for lowering blood pressure and avoiding cardiovascular disease.

  • Keep as active as possible at every age. Play some of your favorite sports and go walking, jogging, biking and swimming. Sex is great exercise for both men and women if their health allows it.
Foods for the menopause and beyond

The key here is to watch your weight, particularly as you go through the menopause and adapt to life afterwards. A healthy diet can help you avoid some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause like hot flashes.

Production of the ovary-linked hormone estrogen declines during menopause. But soy products having been shown to mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. Some experts believe two glasses of soy milk a day, for example, can reduce hot flashes by up to 50%.

Calcium intake during the menopause and ever afterwards is also essential to avoid brittle bones - good sources include milk, dark green leafy vegetables, sunflower seeds, pulses, sardines, whitebait and shellfish.

Magnesium is essential for the absorption and regulation of calcium - for more detailed information, see Insulite Lifestyle Tips below.

In post-menopausal women, very moderate consumption of alcohol may protect against heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce the risk of some types of cancer as well as the likelihood of Diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease in latter life. Post-menopausal women, for example, face a higher breast cancer risk if they're overweight.

Combat mood swings, depression and insomnia with B vitamins found in certain nuts and lean meat.

Some women discover their hair and skin quality suffers as they get older. Selenium, found in shellfish, pulses and leafy greens, may help. Vitamin E in plant oils, seeds, nuts, tuna in oil and asparagus can also help both these problems, together with the Omega-3 fats in fish oils.

Taking care over your diet is vital at any age and contributes enormously to a sense of well being through the years. By focusing on getting the right nutrition, both sexes can age gracefully in good health.

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  - John Buchan
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Restaurant Rights


A great night out at a favorite restaurant doesn't have to be a disastrous time for your healthy diet. As you sit down at your table, always remember that you are a valued customer. The owner will usually be happy to accommodate your health concerns, within reason.

Be assertive - you are well within in your rights to ask for the healthiest meal possible. It should be as natural to you as expecting the food to be delicious. Here are some tips:

Ask for an extra plate so you can share a portion of your meal with a companion. Only eat what you want and don't be shy about asking for a 'to go" container at the end of the meal, so you can take the rest home to eat the following day.

Ask for heart-healthy substitutions such as mustard instead of mayonnaise, salsa instead of sour cream or a salad instead of fries.

Be creative with the menu. If you feel there isn't a healthy option on offer, "design" your own meal with different elements from the menu.

Ask how the food is prepared before ordering, such as whether it's cooked in unhealthy and fattening saturated oil or butter. Request a healthy alternative. Or call ahead of time to ask that your food be prepared a certain way. If they won't do it, go somewhere else.

Ask for entrees to be broiled, baked, poached or steamed. Send the meal back if it is not prepared to your satisfaction and leave the restaurant if the management is unable or unwilling to accommodate your needs. There are plenty of alternative places just a few blocks away which are dying for your custom, especially at a time when soaring gas prices are biting into people's incomes and forcing many people to eat out less often.

You'll soon get the hang of the healthy way to eat in a restaurant. More tips next month.

Calcium/MagnesiumCalcium always seems to grab the glory whenever guidance is offered about the need to maintain strong bones. But magnesium deserves equal billing when it comes to avoiding osteoporosis and more besides.

Magnesium doesn't just help the absorption and regulation of calcium but it also plays a role in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body - more than any other mineral. Other areas that magnesium influences include Diabetes and heart health.

A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that a lack of magnesium in the diet made people more vulnerable to developing Type 2 Diabetes (1). It concluded by recommending people to increase their intake of major food sources of magnesium, such as whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

However, most people don't get enough of this mineral. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, two-thirds of Americans have a deficiency, which means they're also not receiving the heart benefits that magnesium offers. These include reducing blood pressure and regulating the contraction and relaxation rhythm of the heart to help prevent dangerous abnormalities known as arrhythmias.

Magnesium also helps regulate two key enzymes involved in cholesterol production, encouraging scientists to speculate that high levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol may be connected with magnesium deficiency.

As if all this weren't enough, magnesium is also a mind and muscle relaxer. Restless leg syndrome is a dead giveaway of magnesium deficiency. And magnesium has the same calming effect on the mind, with a proven ability to help prevent migraines.

It even has an effect on mood because the body needs magnesium to make serotonin, one of the key neuro-transmitters that keeps you relaxed and happy.

Many unprocessed foods are rich in magnesium, with some of the highest levels in raw almonds and cashews, dried figs and steamed crabs.

The benefits of this humble mineral are astonishing, So don't forget to make time for magnesium.

(1)  Magnesium intake and risk of Type 2 Diabetes in men and women., Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA., Diabetes Care. 2004 Jan;27(1):270-1.

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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

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