Insulite Labs
May 2006
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

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

We at Insulite Laboratories believe that every woman has the right to bear a child should she so wish and if there is no risk to her health by becoming pregnant. That's why one of our key aims is to reverse the effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - a leading cause of female infertility as well as a severely increased risk factor for Pre-Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

PCOS is the most common female endocrine (hormonal) disorder and affects up to 10% of all women of childbearing age. By creating excess testosterone and upsetting the delicate balance of a woman's hormones, PCOS can prevent ovulation, thereby making pregnancy impossible.

An underlying cause of PCOS is often the glucose and insulin disorder called Insulin Resistance, which is also strongly linked to excess weight and obesity. The Insulite PCOS System is the first, comprehensive approach that scientifically addresses the causes of PCOS and Insulin Resistance on 6 specific levels, enhanced with an extensive support network.

Our goal is to treat the whole person and not mislead women that one "miracle pill" will reverse PCOS. Research does not substantiate the claim of a single cure. So we developed the Insulite PCOS System to address the cause of this condition by reversing Insulin Resistance via a multi-level program that includes a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

We want to help women overcome PCOS. So we are delighted, therefore, to have received this message from one of our overseas clients.

"I have been a sufferer of PCOS since I was 14 and I have never had regular periods. I had been on Dianette for a large majority of the time since diagnosis and, as well as having very, very infrequent periods, I also suffered very badly from acne.

"I decided to come off Dianette in November 2004 to see if my periods would return naturally and if my skin would clear up without medical intervention. We also decided that if I should happen to become pregnant, it would not be a bad thing. But after a year I had still not done so, nor had my periods returned.

"I started taking the Insulite PCOS System in early November 2005 after hearing about you through the Internet and by the end of December I was pregnant.

"I am just thrilled that I have been so lucky and don’t know what I would have done if I hadn't discovered Insulite. I want to thank you all very much for helping me achieve my wish."

- Katie McKay
London, England

We would never give women false hope and we cannot emphasize too strongly that results will vary between individuals who take the Insulite PCOS System.

But we are thrilled to have helped Katie.

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

- Frank Loyd Wright

Have faith in your ability to achieve a dream.



Intelligence Report

Controlling insulin levels in the body could help to lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, the condition that causes a serious decline in mental faculties.

A new study reports that abnormally high levels of insulin, which can be triggered by the hormone imbalance known as Insulin Resistance, causes the release of a protein called beta-amyloid and increases the likelihood of the onset of Alzheimer's (1).

In an experiment, Dr Suzanne Craft and colleagues at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle gave healthy volunteers either saline or insulin intravenously for 105 minutes and then took blood or cerebral spinal fluid samples. During insulin infusions, researchers recreated the physiological impact of Insulin Resistance by also giving dextrose to volunteers so the extra insulin would not deplete their blood sugar.

The amount of beta-amyloid protein was higher in both the cerebral spinal fluid and plasma after treatment with insulin, as were inflammatory proteins that are also associated with Alzheimer's. The effect was greater in volunteers who were heavier and older.

Insulin Resistance is an underlying cause of a variety of conditions associated with Alzheimer's. These include excess weight and obesity as well as the cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular disease leading to a heart attack or stroke called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).

Also linked is Pre-Diabetes, which, if ignored, can become irreversible Type 2 Diabetes. This latter condition significantly increases the chance of blindness, amputation, kidney disease and erectile dysfunction (ED).

Dr. Craft's study did not show what would happen in people who are exposed to excess insulin for years. But it did highlight a strong link between elevated insulin and the proteins connected with brain degeneration.

"The good news," said Dr. Craft, "is it also suggests that treating Insulin Resistance might reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease or delay its onset."

(1) Brain Work - The Neuroscience Newsletter Sept-Oct 2005

Click here to read about a system that can reverse Insulin Resistance and excess weight and obesity.


New Research


Women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), one of the most common causes of female infertility in the U.S., also have more chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

Research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, published by The Endocrine Society, shows that Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), a cluster of increased risk factors for a heart attack or stroke, is more prevalent in women with PCOS (1).

Women with both Metabolic Syndrome and PCOS also exhibit greater hormonal and menstrual cycle irregularity than women with just PCOS.

“These findings indicate that women with PCOS should automatically be screened for Metabolic Syndrome to prevent the risk of early-onset cardiovascular disease," said senior study author Dr. John Nestler, Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

After reviewing medical charts for 161 women, study investigators identified 106 women (46 women with PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome, plus 60 women with PCOS alone) for participation and analysis.

The study revealed that women with PCOS are nearly twice as likely to have Metabolic Syndrome in comparison with women without PCOS in the general population. Women demonstrating the characteristics of both PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome were found to also have more severe Insulin Resistance.

The symptoms of PCOS can vary widely from woman to woman. In addition to infertility, the symptoms can include irregular or completely absent periods, cysts (water-filled sacs) on the ovaries, excessive facial or body hair, male pattern hair loss in women, obesity, acne, skin tags and brown skin patches, general tiredness and reduced sex drive. 

(1) Study Finds that Women with PCOS are at Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
The Endocrine Society: News: Press Release April 2005

Click here to read about systems that can reverse PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome

Read Previous Issues of Viewpoints

  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Weight loss has to be substantial to achieve health benefits.

Fact: Not true. Even small weight changes can have a major impact on your health and quality of life.

The American Medical Association published results of a 4-year study in which overweight women who lost as few as 5 lbs completed everyday activities more easily and complained of fewer aches and pains.

Men, too, can benefit from small amounts of weight loss.

The effect is most pronounced among the obese. A 12-year study published by the International Obesity Task Force, an agency working with the World Health Organization (WHO), showed that weight loss of only 10-20 lbs among overweight women with obesity-related diseases led to a 20% drop in total mortality, a 50% reduction in mortality from obesity-related cancers and a 40% reduction in Diabetes-related deaths.

Weight loss also improved their depression, anxiety, psychosocial functioning, mood and quality of life.

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. How is Insulin Resistance associated with Atherosclerosis, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?

A. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which deposits of plaque, consisting of fatty substances, calcium and a clotting factor called fibrin, build up in the large and medium arteries, causing them to become thick and hardened. This condition increases your risks of developing a heart attack or stroke.

According to a recent study, the glucose and insulin disorder called Insulin Resistance can facilitate the onset of atherosclerosis by causing your body to process glucose and lipids improperly. (1)

This may result in high levels of free radicals - molecules that can cause inflammation, resulting in damage to the walls of blood vessels and the development of atherosclerosis.

Insulin Resistance can also lead to decreased levels of nitric oxide (NO), which are released by the body to relax coronary and peripheral arteries. Low levels of NO further exacerbate cardiovascular problems by causing arteries to constrict, which decreases blood flow and increases blood pressure.

This results in a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, though reversing Insulin Resistance can greatly reduce the chance of having a a heart attack or stroke.

(1)  Cersosimo E, Defronzo RA.
Insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction: the road map to cardiovascular diseases.
Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2006 Feb 28 PMID: 16506274


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 Board member Dr. Ha Dang:

Sari Cohen
Ha Dang, ND

As Assistant Medical Director of Insulite Laboratories, Dr. Dang is closely involved in our support program by helping clients with their inquiries on a wide range of Insulin Resistance-related conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

She gained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Washington State.

"What attracted me to Insulite Laboratories," says Dr. Dang, "is the commitment shown first and foremost to healing people.

"The Insulite Systems are created to address Insulin Resistance, which, if left untreated, can result in many chronic illnesses, such as PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome and Pre- and Type II Diabetes. It's vitally important that we confront Insulin Resistance so we can help people prevent these insidious other conditions from ever occurring.

"I am so lucky to be in a position where I am able to offer help to clients while, at the same time, learning from them on a daily basis. It's my commitment and hope that we will be able to improve the health and lifestyle of as many people as we can."

If you have a question for Dr. Dang 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

Insulite 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 announce the introduction next month of 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, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women.

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.

See next month's Viewpoints for more details.

Did You Know?


Feelings of isolation and loneliness can lead to high blood pressure.

Surprising results in a study by the University of Chicago showed that a group of people over 50 who admitted being lonely had their blood pressure levels affected by loneliness just as strongly as more notorious culprits like obesity and lack of exercise.

The loneliness effect can be linked to a variety of reasons, including stress hormones, disturbed sleep and changes in circumstances such as divorce or the death of a spouse or partner.

"We need to plan for our social future, just like we plan for our financial future," said Chris Segrin, a loneliness researcher and head of the Department of Communications at Arizona University.

That includes maintaining old friendships. "One of the big mistakes people make is that, starting when they get married, they drastically cut down on their social networks," said Mr. Segrin.

"But when a spouse dies or you get divorced, it's vital to have other relationships. People sabotage their futures by putting their social eggs in one basket."

Loneliness often becomes a vicious cycle as people lose confidence in their ability to make satisfying social connections. When people become lonely and isolated, their social skills tend to atrophy from misuse. One result can be the development of a habit of staying home alone, with a person brooding and becoming even more lonely and depressed.

Some people are genetically prone to loneliness, regardless of life's circumstances. These are the type that feel lonely in crowded classrooms and workplaces and even within their own families. By sharp contrast, some people rarely feel lonely and positively enjoy time alone.

"People need be aware of their own set points for loneliness, to know if they are prone to this problem, " said John Cacioppo, co-author of the University of Chicago report.

He suggests several courses of action. One is that lonely people should make a big effort to have contact with others, preferably while doing things they enjoy, whether it's going to church or playing poker. A small group of friends with shared interests can make a big difference.

Another tip is not to take imperfections in people and blow them up out of all proportions, thereby preventing those people from becoming friends.

One piece of good news for older adults is they often thrive on fewer close relationships than younger people seem to need.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
  - Theodore Roosevelt
Don't forget that, with determination, success can be just around the corner




It's perfectly natural to want a break from aerobic exercise every now and again. There's absolutely no need to beat yourself up for feeling like an occasional break from that energetic fitness DVD.

A change is as good as a rest, as the old saying has it, and a variation in your usual routine can be really refreshing. But "a day off" needn't be a reason to skip all forms of activity.

The first thing to do is decide to get out of the house and achieve something, whether it's taking the dog for a good walk or strolling through a shopping mall or having a swim or going ice-skating.

Now and again, everyone has that feeling of not wanting to get out from under the bed covers, especially after a hard week at work.

Just be certain, if you've been exercising regularly, that you're not experiencing symptoms of dehydration. This latter condition can bring on fatigue but is easily cured by drinking a few glasses of water or juice.

Taking a day off and doing nothing strenuous is a good idea if you are suffering from any persistent aches or pains. If you have been experiencing some nagging sensations, your body may well be trying to tell you something. And that message could be "ease up before you develop a more serious problem."

See if a few days of low key activity ease the pain. If not, consult an exercise specialist or your doctor before returning to your usual regime. 

SodasSucculent melons are a perfect early taste of summer and packed with nutritional goodness.

Watermelon is by far the most familiar. There are more than fifty varieties, which come round or oval-shaped with red, orange and yellow flesh.

Terms like muskmelon and cantaloupe can be confusing and are often interchangeable. However, muskmelons usually have prominent ribs and are often covered with a dense net or corky web on the skin. They tend to have higher sugar content and a more musky flavor.

Cantaloupes, on the other hand, have no ribs and feature a lighter netting with less sugar content. The true cantaloupe is a French melon called Charentais, which is light green with a very light netting.

Other melons to look out for include:

Casaba - pale yellow, deeply wrinkled skin with white, sweet flesh.
Crenshaw - oblong with buttercup yellow rind and salmon-colored flesh that is sweet and spicy.
Honeydew - large and round, creamy white or yellow-green rind, pale green, highly sweet flesh.
Juan Canary - canary yellow when ripe, with white flesh.
Persian - similar to muskmelon but larger and greener.
Santa Clause - the "Christmas melon" and a foot-long, oblong with green and gold stripes, mildly sweet
Sharlyn - sweet with netted, greenish-orange flesh.

Melons are not only naturally sweet and refreshing - they are also highly nutritious. These fruits are good sources of potassium and vitamin C, while melons with orange flesh are exceptional sources of beta-carotene.

Cantaloupe is the most nutritious of all. It has at least three times more vitamin C (70% of the RDA for men and women), 10 times more beta-carotene and a third more potassium than most other melons. Two-thirds of a cup of cubed cantaloupe provides three-quarters of the RDA of Vitamin A for women and over two-thirds of the RDA for men. And all this with less than a gram of fat.

The flesh of uncut melons will become juicier and softer if left at room temperature for one to two days before eating. Once ripened (or cut), melons should be refrigerated and used within a few days. Enclose them in plastic bags (or in a bowl or on a plate with a vinyl bowl cover) to protect other produce in the refrigerator from the ethylene gas that the melons give off. Also, since ripe melons are very fragrant, the aroma of the cut fruit can penetrate other foods.

Melons have no starch reserves to convert to sugar, so they will not become sweeter once they are picked from the vine. Many melons are harvested at their peak sweetness, the point at which they 'slip' easily from the stem. But, if harvested early, when the fruit is firmer, it will remain less sweet because sugars are pumping into the fruit up until they are fully ripe. An immature melon picked from the vine will not fully ripen but a mature, ripe melon will continue the ripening process becoming softer and juicier after picking.

Because some melons will inevitably be picked too early, it is important to know a ripe one when you see one. Since melons differ from each other quite a bit, only a few general rules apply to choosing a ripe fruit.

Their shape should be regular; i.e. symmetrically round, oval or oblong.

The rind should be free of cracks, soft spots or dark bruises. A slight softness (but still firm, not soggy) is often a sign of ripeness.

In the case of cantaloupe, the blossom end will be slightly soft when at peak ripeness and a flowery fragrance will be apparent.

Casabas should have a deeply furrowed rind that is golden yellow, not green.
Crenshaws should also be yellow, not green.
Honeydews should be pale, creamy yellow, not a harsh greenish white. Tiny flecks on the rind are a sign of sweetness.
Watermelons shouldn't be too shiny or too dull, but just right with a waxy "bloom".

Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
You are well on the way to reversing your Insulin Resistance and preventing its related conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and Pre-Diabetes. You are also taking important steps to achieving your desired weight loss goal and the healthy lifestyle you deserve.

Remember that persistence is crucial.

We at Insulite Laboratories are committed to your success and your well being. We're here to help you.

Please contact us with any questions or to order the Insulite System, Insulite PCOS System, Insulite MetaX System or the new  Insulite Pre-Diabetes System at

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