Welcome to the twenty-eighth edition of Viewpoints, our monthly
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:
By thinking "small," you'll soon find yourself en route to all the benefits that
weight loss can bring.
- 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
“What the hell - you might be right, you might be wrong. But
just don't avoid doing something.”
Take action now to achieve the things you want out of life.
WOMEN ARE AT GREATER RISK THAN MEN OF INSULIN RESISTANCE-LINKED STROKE
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
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
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
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
DIABETES PREDICTABLE AS A RESULT OF TEENAGE OBESITY
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
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
|WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT???
Myth: Adults Regain Weight Because Their Metabolism Rate Always
Returns To A Certain Level.
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,
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
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
|CONSULT DR. MARY
Q. Why Are Sodas So Bad For Good Health?
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.,
DR. MARY SHACKELTON TO SPEAK AT PCOS ASSOCIATION
2006 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
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:
There will also be a number of panel discussions as well as break-out and
- 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, Mood & Depression
- Prevention of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease
- The Miracle Connection: Find Your Inner Voice Through Body Mind Awareness
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 http://www.pcosupport.org/
“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
"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
"Thank you for being there for me.”
- Sheryl Ward
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|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 new Board member 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
Please go to www.weight.insulitelabs.com for more details
|DID YOU KNOW?
MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIFFERENT
NUTRITIONAL NEEDS AS THEY GROW OLDER - PART 2
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.
Men and Women Aged 35 to 45
In our second guide to healthy eating for both sexes as they get older,
we cover the years 35-65 and beyond.
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.
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.
- Fish from the sea rather than a farm, like omega 3-rich salmon
- Apples, apricots, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, papaya and
- 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
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:
Foods for the menopause and beyond
- 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
- 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.
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
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
“Ambition can be boundless if you have the right spirit.”
- John Buchan
Let nothing stand in the way of achieving
INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS
EXERCISE YOUR 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 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.
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
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
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
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. email@example.com,
Diabetes Care. 2004 Jan;27(1):270-1.
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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
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