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VIEWPOINTS:
HEALING NEWS FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
October 2005
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

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

We at Insulite Laboratories know that losing weight is never easy. But just a few changes in your daily routine can go a long way towards making a success of your goal of better health via weight loss. In fact, a good phrase to bear in mind is "keep things simple" as you combine your new balanced diet with regular exercise.

Start by finding a low-carbohydrate breakfast and lunch that you really like. Successful dieters often eat pretty much the same thing for breakfast and lunch so they can jazz up their dinner with more variety while still shedding the pounds.

Star Trek's Captain Kirk used to keep a daily log. Do the same, only in your case make a note of how much you eat each day and when you eat it. Depending on what you're watching, write down the carbs, fat grams or calories.

Be creative with greens. Keep your refrigerator stocked with a variety of appealing lettuces like arugula and romaine for salads. Spinach and broccoli are packed with goodness, so try not to run out of them.

Take the time and trouble to discover which vegetables are in season right now, so you can derive maximum nutritional value while continuing to lose weight. Keep washed baby carrots and cut vegetables handy for a quick and healthy snack.

Consider investing in a scale to weigh your food so you can keep track of your intake. Fish, meat and poultry all lose water after cooking - a 3 oz serving of each one is about the size of a deck of cards.

Allow yourself a moderate-sized version of one of your favorite treats every now and again, otherwise you might begin to feel life is just one long series of sacrifices in the cause of weight loss. If you don't consume certain treats very often, you can look forward to them tasting even better when you finally do allow yourself to have one. Regard it as an occasional reward for all your good work.

If you're dedicated and disciplined, the effort required to lose weight will soon begin to pay off. We at Insulite Laboratories are sure you'll be excited when the results start to kick in. We're here to provide support all the way to the greater sense of well-being that awaits you.



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INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Intelligence Report

MORE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN MAY BE VICTIMS OF PCOS

The number of Mexican-American women of child-bearing age with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) may be almost double the figure previously thought to be suffering from the hormonal disorder.

PCOS is a major cause of female infertility as well an increased risk factor for Pre-Diabetes and the cluster of Cardiovascular Diseases called Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X. Previous research showed PCOS affecting 5-10% of Mexican-American women of reproductive age. But a new survey indicates that PCOS may be present in as many as 17% of this ethnic group (1).

Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles assessed the responses of 108 Mexican-American women with an average age of 35 to a questionnaire which evaluated PCOS symptoms such as Insulin Resistance and excess body hair.

The medical team led by Dr. Mark Goodarzi found that 17% of the women who filled out the questionnaire were classified as having PCOS, based on their symptoms.

"While previous studies have looked at PCOS in African-American and Caucasian women, this is the first study to evaluate how common PCOS is in Mexican-American women," explained a spokesman for the study.

"Based on our findings, we believe that the prevalence of PCOS in these women is much higher than in other populations. As a result, a much higher percentage of Mexican-American women are at risk for developing Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, which are both associated with PCOS."

Dr. Goodarzi and his colleagues plan to verify the questionnaire findings with clinical examinations of sample groups of Mexican-American women. They will also measure levels of the hormone androgen, which can become unbalanced as result of PCOS - also known as polycystic ovaries, Sclerocystic Ovarian Disease, Stein-Leventhal Syndrome and Polycystic Ovarian Disease.

An underlying cause of PCOS is often obesity related to Insulin Resistance. This latter disorder is an imbalance of glucose and insulin in the blood stream. Insulin receptor sites on the cell wall enable glucose to pass through and be converted to energy. But Insulin Resistance vastly reduces the number of these receptor sites, causing most of the glucose to "bounce off" the cell wall and be sent to the liver. Once there, it is changed into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body, often resulting in obesity.

Excess insulin also gathers in the bloodstream as a result of Insulin Resistance and may upset the delicate balance of a woman's hormones, which helps to cause the onset of PCOS. The symptoms of PCOS can vary widely from woman to woman. Not all women have all the symptoms, which range from irregular or completely absent periods to hirsuitism (excessive facial or body hair), ovarian cysts and Alopecia (male pattern hair loss). Other symptoms can include obesity, acne and skin tags, Acanthosis Nigricans (brown skin patches), high cholesterol levels, exhaustion or lack of mental alertness and decreased sex drive.

Doctors very often misdiagnose PCOS. This situation became of critical concern after a University of Pittsburgh study in 2000 found that PCOS sufferers have a higher risk of coronary heart disease. Researchers discovered an increased association between PCOS and atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty deposits called plaque cling to the interior walls of the arteries, leading to blockages that can cause heart attacks or stroke.

Not only do PCOS sufferers have higher rates of plaque build-up but those over 45 also have thicker deposits. In addition, the imbalance of glucose and insulin levels caused in women with PCOS leads to a lowering of "good" cholesterol and an increase in the level of triglycerides, which are fat-storing substances carried through the bloodstream to the tissues. These factors also increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

(1) New findings show increased risk of PCOS among Mexican-Americans; The Endocrine Society www.endo-society.org



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NEW RESEARCH

New Research

NIGHT-TIME EATING DISORDER INCREASES THE RISK OF OBESITY

Nearly 10% of patients being treated in obesity clinics may be suffering from a disorder called Night Eating Syndrome.

People with the condition can consume a third of their daily calorie intake AFTER eating dinner, either before going to bed or when they awaken during the night.

It's not a variation on sleepwalking. Sufferers know what they're doing, though they often experience a feeling of compulsion or anxiety at the same time.

Even people of normal weight can be victims of the syndrome, which, in many cases, leads eventually to excess weight gain and obesity. The disorder is sometimes triggered by an emotional or stressful event.

About 75% of sufferers link the habit to a specific event like a divorce, a pregnancy or loss of a job, says University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine psychologist Kelly Allison, co-author of a book called Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome: A Step-by-Step Guide to Breaking the Cycle (New Harbinger Publications, $14.95) and a member of a team which researched a new study of the disorder (1).

"About 50% of our sample have had a major depressive episode in their lifetime. The eating helps soothe people and makes them feel better for a short time. But it also increases their weight, which makes them feel worse," added Dr. Allison.

Night eaters are different from those who occasionally get out of bed to snack. "The disorder represents a shift of the biological rhythm of eating to later in the day," said Pennsylvania University psychiatrist Albert Stunkard, one of two other authors of the book about night eating and the doctor who discovered the condition in the early 1950s.

The new research was presented at the annual meeting last November of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, held in partnership with the American Diabetes Association. Researchers examined more than a hundred patients, as well as analyzing data from over 2,000 others with the syndrome who visited their web site.

Around 1.5% of the general population may suffer from night eating syndrome, with the figure rising to 6-8% of obesity clinic patients. Some people in their 60s have been afflicted by the disorder for 30 years.

Dr. Allison reported that one woman got up and ate more more often at night after her third child was born with a serious brain anomaly. Her resulting weight gain left the woman feeling depressed and hopeless.

Another patient woke nearly every hour, on the hour, and tried to avoid eating before succumbing to food. "Then I sleep like a baby" he reported.

Other behavior patterns observed in people with Night Eating Syndrome include:

  • Eating sparingly during the day.


  • Difficulty falling asleep and needing to eat something just before going to bed to help them sleep.


  • Waking at night at least three times a week and eating. After going back to sleep, they wake up at least once more in the night and have to eat before falling asleep again.


  • Not feeling hungry in the morning and going without food through to lunchtime or later in the afternoon.
Scientists and doctors are currently researching possible treatments, including basic behavioral changes in eating and exercise routines, to enable people to avoid obesity, which often results from an imbalance in blood glucose and insulin levels caused by Insulin Resistance. In turn, obesity can be an underlying cause of a number of serious conditions, including the cluster of cardiovascular diseases called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), as well as reversible Pre-Diabetes which, if neglected, can lead to full-blown, irreversible Type 2 Diabetes.

Obese women are also prone to the hormonal imbalance called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility as well as skin conditions, excessive facial hair and male pattern baldness.

All Insulin Resistance-related disorders are increased risk factors for a heart attack or stroke.


(1) The Night Eating Syndrome: Dr. Albert Stunkard and Dr. Kelly Allison, Penn Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry, Weight and Eating Disorders Program www.med.upenn.edu/weight

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WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT?
  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: I Can Lose Weight if I Eat Smaller Portions of My Favorite Food Like Pasta and Rice

Fact: The truth is that, if you eat carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, cereals, pasta, rice and potatoes, you may have a difficult time losing weight, no matter how much you reduce your intake of them.

You can still experience blood sugar fluctuations and an increased storage of fat even if you are eating smaller portions of carbs.

It really is all about your blood sugar and insulin levels. If you are keeping your insulin low by consuming fewer carbs, you will experience greater weight control, in addition to looking and feeling better.


CONSULT DR. MARY
Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. Is Fish Safe to Eat or Should I Rely on Other Sources of Protein?
 

A. There seem to be drawbacks with even the simplest things consumed in a diet.

Fruit, for example, is healthy but too much of it can lead to insulin spikes and contribute to weight gain. Water is a great benefit, though excessive intake could cause hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood) which can be dangerous if it is prolonged.

The main thing to remember about any type of food is that moderation is the best approach. This is certainly true of fish. The recent scare about dangerous mercury levels has slowed even the most enthusiastic fish-eaters and many now wonder what is a safe quantity to eat.

The Federal Government advises pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children to avoid fish with high levels of mercury, specifically shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish. Elevated mercury levels have been linked to learning disabilities and developmental delays in children, as well as heart, nervous system and kidney damage in adults.

Traces of mercury are found in nearly all fish and shellfish. Released through industrial pollution, it accumulates in streams and oceans as methylmercury. This toxic chemical builds up in fish and shellfish as they feed. Different levels have been recorded in different species.

However, eating fish also has widely-acknowledged health benefits and the American Heart Association advises people to eat fish at least twice a week. The essential fatty acid omega-3, found in cold water fish (e.g. salmon, tuna), contributes to healthy brain development, for example. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, helps alleviate symptoms of depression, improves skin conditions such as eczema and contributes to a healthier cardiovascular system.

Omega-3 is one of the top nutrients that you should consume on a daily basis. But you should minimize your intake of the fish known to contain high levels of mercury. Eat the cold water variety, instead, and take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

When considering where to find fish that contain less mercury, try to avoid farm-raised fish as these do not have enough omega-3 fatty acids. When fish are farm-raised, they do not swim in such cold water as those who live in the deep ocean and therefore do not produce enough of the essential fats that make us healthy.

Additionally, farm fish are fed fish meal, which does not make them such a good source of healthy protein. Ask about the origins of the fish you're planning to buy - if they came from a farm, I suggest you don't buy them. Check the labels on fish that you buy from any source.

In conclusion, my advice is to eat fish no more than twice a week and always avoid swordfish, shark, mackerel and tilefish.

“I started your product and found it really boosts my system, helping me get off ground zero and stop the spiral downwards. It gave me the energy to start exercising and prepare healthy meals.

"It can all become very overwhelming, especially when you just want to be young (I am only 20) and forget about being sick, as this has all been going on for about 4 years. I think it is very important for younger people to realize they can use this product and get help before it becomes a really BIG problem.

"You are all very supportive, even though I am on the other side of the world in Australia. I am very glad that I am on your product. Your weekly messages are also very encouraging when I am finding things a bit harder. Thank you for everything.”
 
 

- Anna
  Perth, Australia

 
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 Metabolic Syndrome?

If You Have, We’re Glad That You Have Found Us.

We’re Here to Support You.


MetaX Product Insulite Laboratories is committed to reversing Metabolic Syndrome by giving you a better understanding of your condition and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

Supporting you in any way we can is central to our philosophy.

So we are pleased to announce the imminent introduction of the Insulite MetaX System, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome. It contains an ingredient called Meta-OmegaX which is targeted specifically at the symptoms of this dangerous cluster of cardiovascular diseases.

Our web sites insulitelabs.com and pcos.insulitelabs.com, together with future editions of “Viewpoints,” will keep you updated.



DID YOU KNOW?
Salt Influences Weight

SALT CAN HEAVILY INFLUENCE
YOUR WEIGHT

Salt is a common cause of fluid retention, which can add an extra 6-8 lbs to a woman's weight. Fluid retention affects many women when their reproductive hormone levels are fluctuating - just before their period, if they're on the Pill or when they're going through the menopause, particularly if they're on hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

A diet high in salt is a major culprit because the body holds on to fluid in order to dilute sodium. So the first step is to reduce your intake from salty foods.

Table salt, chips and salted peanuts are obvious offenders. But also watch out for pickled and fast foods, smoked fish and cured meats such as salt beef and bacon.

Although your taste buds will usually alert you to a really salty food, many can escape detection, like some breakfast cereals, as well as cakes, desserts and certain mineral waters.

Always check labels. When you are trying to work out how much salt something contains, you need to remember that salt is 40% sodium. If a food label lists sodium rather than salt, multiply the sodium level by 2.5. So 1g (100mg) of sodium equates to 2.5g of salt (250mg of salt).

Nutritionists regard a high-salt product as one with 0.5g or more of sodium per 100g and a low-salt product as being one with 0.1g of sodium per 100g. A medium-salt product contains 0.2-0.49g of sodium per 100g.

Strange as it may sound, you need to ensure that you're drinking enough water to help your body get rid of its water. It's important to make sure your body doesn't hang on to water because you have too much salt, which will make you even more puffy.

Try to drink 2.5 liters of water a day. Tap water sometimes gets a bad rap these days but it's effective for ridding you of salt. So, too, are herbal teas - dandelion is a fantastic water-releaser, as are lovage, rosemary, parsley and nettle.

Keep up your intake of fruit and vegetables because their potassium levels encourage the body to jettison fluid. A high potassium intake is a natural way to flush out excess salt and water. Bananas and tomatoes are particularly potassium-rich.

Meanwhile, citrus fruits, melons, cucumbers, watercress, carrots, salad leaves and celery are also natural diuretics. A fresh juice with plenty of celery, carrots and either fennel or orange is also very effective.

It's also worth seeing whether reducing or cutting out starchy foods works for you. Refined carbohydrates - white bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes - can aggravate the problem.

Evening primrose oil may have a very beneficial effect on fluid retention, especially if it is hormone-related. So think about taking 3000mg (3g) a day when you're really suffering and then a daily maintenance dose of 500-1000mg.

Omega-3 oils have a similar action on the body - try to have 2 portions (a portion is 140g) of oily fish a week, such as salmon (ideally wild and fresh rather than farmed or smoked. See this edition's Consult Dr. Mary for more details.)

Linseeds, flax and pumpkin seeds are also a good source of omega oils.

Excessive amounts of salt in your body can also affect your blood pressure and increase the risk of Cardiovascular Disease. So next month's edition of Viewpoints will look at further ways to lower the level of salt in your diet.

 
Growing Older
“It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade towards dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.”
  - George Sand
Growing older can increase your sense
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INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS

Cooking OilIs it time to change your oil (for cooking, not running your car)? All oils are pure fat, so the first rule with cooking oils is to use as little as possible because excessive amounts can lead to weight gain.

The next thing to remember is that not all fats are created equal when it comes to health concerns. The best are those high in monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil and the mustard relative called rapeseed oil. These fats can be beneficial for your heart and arteries. Other important nutrients to look out for on the content label include omega-3 fatty acids and oleic acids, the latter a key ingredient of Lorenzo's Oil, which treats the degenerative condition called ALD.

Unfortunately, you can't use the healthiest oils for every purpose because cooking effectiveness often depends on an oil's smoke point - the stage at which heated fat begins to give off smoke and acrid, flavor-altering smells. Generally, the higher an oil's smoke point, the better it is for high-heat cooking.

Light olive oil is usually a combination of refined virgin olive oils and is a good choice for baking and high-heat cooking. 'Light' refers to the oil's color and taste, not its calorie content. It contains the same amount of beneficial monounsaturated fat as regular olive oil, though its refining process means it has little of the regular variety's taste and fragrance.

The high oleic version of safflower oil is also excellent for high-heat cooking. Light and neutral-flavored, it, too, has a high smoke point and comes with generous levels of monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated fats, which, in small doses, are also beneficial.

Canola oil is the next highest in monounsaturated fats and is obtained from rapeseed. It has a neutral taste and can be used for frying and baking, as well as for a salad dressing. Remember that fried foods absorb quite a bit of the oils they are cooked in, so they are much higher in calories and fat. Because rapeseed is commonly sprayed with pesticide, it's advisable to search out organic, expeller-pressed brands of canola oil.

Virgin olive oil is best for sautéing. It comes from the first pressing of olives but is more acidic with a less robust flavor than extra virgin olive oil. Most mass-produced brands are extracted with chemical solvents, so always choose the variety that has been cold-pressed. Virgin olive oil is used for cooking food at low and medium temperatures.

Oils with a stronger burst of flavor like sesame, peanut or walnut burn easily. So, instead of cooking with them, they should be mixed with balsamic or other flavored vinegar and used as deliciously nutty-tasting salad dressings. Walnut is a particularly good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid.

With its very high monounsaturated content, extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest oil you can buy. But it has a low smoke point and should not be used for cooking. It comes from the first cold pressing of the olives and, being the purest, is also the most expensive. Keep it for dressings and drizzling.

Watch your oil levels carefully to help keep yourself running as healthily as possible!



AppetizersAppetizers can be fun and healthy at the same time. Why not try this easy-to-make salmon vegetable snack for a party?

1 can (7 1/2 oz) salmon, drained and flaked
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
2 tbsp. minced green onion
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1 dozen each of cherry tomatoes, celery sticks and cucumber slices

Combine salmon, cottage cheese, chopped celery, green onion and dill. Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out inside. Spoon salmon mixture into cherry tomatoes, along celery sticks and onto cucumber slices.




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 or the Insulite PCOS System at info@insulitelabs.com


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