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VIEWPOINTS:
HEALING NEWS FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
October 2006
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories



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

We at Insulite Laboratories believe that a balanced, nutritious diet is vital for weight loss. So it's fair to say that the improved health you'll experience as a result of losing weight can begin with making the right choices in the shopping aisle.

That's easier said than done, of course. Almost 40,000 products line the typical supermarket's shelves these days and customers spend an average of just 22 minutes on their main food shopping expedition of the week.

Add in cost considerations and the distractions of being accompanied by young children and it's no wonder that many people make the wrong selections when it comes to buying food for good health.

A few simple guidelines can, however, help to set you on the right road.

The fresh produce section is usually located at the front of a supermarket in order to draw customers into the store with its colorful offerings. Start there and take your time selecting an enticing variety of items.

Vegetables and many fruits are crucial for a healthy diet but their benefits vary. So try to read up beforehand about which varieties are best for you. Did you know, for example, that some fruits have a very high sugar content, which can cause an imbalance in your blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to weight gain?

By the way, always wash vegetables and fruit, even if they're pre-washed and cut.

Give a wide berth to the chips and sugary sodas aisle. Neither you nor your children should be consuming the products on offer here. Child obesity is growing at a frightening rate in the U.S. and the items here are a contributing factor.

Don't be misled by labels in the meat counter. Packaging that says "80% lean" means that 20% of the meat's weight is fat. Some fat intake is important for a healthy diet but be careful where you get it from. Try to eat white rather than red meat and always remove the skin from chicken.

Check the labeling on cereal boxes. Many boast of their vitamin and mineral content but are overloaded with sugar at the same time. Select items with high amounts of the former without the latter.

Supermarkets are set up to tempt you to buy lots of food, much of it running counter to a healthy diet. But you can avoid many of the in-store traps with a little care and attention. Combine this approach to healthy eating with regular exercise and you'll soon find yourself en route to weight loss and a greatly improved sense of well being.

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

- Sir Joseph Lister

 

You owe it to yourself to stay fit.

Couple Exercising In Park.
 
INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Intelligence Report

OBESITY "DOUBLES SIGHT-LOSS RISK"

People suffering from obesity run twice the risk of deteriorating sight because excess weight increases their chances of developing debilitating eye conditions.

A report by The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) in Britain says the obese are at extra risk from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), a common source of sight loss which can be caused by obesity-related hardening of the arteries.

People with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30, who are classed as obese, have double the risk of the most common form of ARMD, according to the report on symptoms of its patients.

ARMD is a degenerative condition of the macula (the central retina). It is the most common cause of vision loss in the United States in those aged 50 or older and its prevalence increases with age.

Hardening of the arteries can cause ARMD, a condition that affects the nourishment of the retina. Obesity accelerates coronary artery disease, which, in the case of eyesight, deprives the sensitive retinal tissue of oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function and thrive. As a result, central vision deteriorates.

The condition is classified as either dry or wet. Dry ARMD is the most common form and occurs in 90% of cases, causing retinal cells to thin and degenerate. This layer of cells is crucial for the function of the 'seeing cells' of the eye, which then also degenerate and die.

About 10% of macular degeneration patients have wet ARMD. This condition occurs when new vessels form to improve the blood supply to oxygen-deprived retinal tissue. However, the new vessels are very delicate and break easily, causing bleeding and damage to surrounding tissue.

Several studies have indicated a strong link between nutrition and the development of ARMD. People eating diets high in fruits and vegetables – especially the leafy green variety – have a lower incidence of the condition.

Those with a genetic pre-disposition to ARMD must be particularly careful about their weight as their risk of developing the condition increases from four-fold, if they are a normal weight, to an 11-fold risk if they are obese, according to the RNIB report.

Obese people also have double the risk of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil, and is linked to one in four cases of sight loss in the over-75s. Obesity also significantly increases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, which can cause Diabetic retinopathy or nerve disease.

The risk of sight loss through Diabetes is particularly high in ethnic minorities. People from Asian, African and Caribbean backgrounds are four to five times more likely to develop Diabetes and related sight loss.

There is also a link between being severely overweight and glaucoma, caused by pressure within the eye.

Eye health consultant Barbara McLaughlan, who wrote the RNIB report, said: "Sight is the sense we most fear losing, but most people don't do nearly enough to look after their eyes.

"To safeguard sight, we recommend people maintain a healthy weight, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, take exercise to improve general health, don't smoke and most importantly have regular eye tests.

"Many thousands of people lose their sight each year through conditions that could have been treated if picked up early enough through an eye test."

Vitamins A, C and E help prevent damage to cells in the eyes. Foods rich in these vitamins include oranges, kiwi fruit and dark leafy vegetables.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and trout as well as nuts such as walnuts, also aid eye health.

(1)   Obesity and sight loss, Royal National Institute Of The Blind, 9/29/06

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NEW RESEARCH

New Research

DOCTORS CALL FOR HEART DISEASE CHECK-UP WHEN PRE-DIABETES IS DIAGNOSED

The elevated blood sugar condition caused by Insulin Resistance and known as Pre-Diabetes should trigger testing for heart disease, says a new report.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington DC found that, compared with people who have normal blood glucose levels, those with Pre-Diabetes had more risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and obesity

Pre-Diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Blood sugar levels between 100 -125 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) after an overnight fast qualify for a diagnosis of Pre-Diabetes, with Type 2 Diabetes kicking in at 126 mg/dL and above.

It's possible to reverse Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes by losing weight via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise. But if neglected, Pre-Diabetes may lead to Type 2 Diabetes, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life and may require extra injections of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is a severely increased risk factor for blindness, amputation and kidney disease, as well as a heart attack or stroke.

Approximately 41 million Americans of both sexes have Pre-Diabetes and risk progressing to Type 2 Diabetes.

A diagnosis of Pre-Diabetes necessitates testing for heart disease and vice versa, said Michael Engelgau, acting director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation.

Classic heart disease symptoms like high cholesterol and and high blood pressure are often present when someone has Pre-Diabetes. Similarly, when a person is diagnosed with heart disease, the doctor should also check for Pre-Diabetes, he added.

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WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT???

Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?

Myth: Zero Content On Food Labels Regarding Trans-Fat Really Means Zero Content

Fact: No, it doesn't. If an item of food has less than 0.5 of a gram of unhealthy trans-fat per serving, a label can say it contains 0 trans-fat.

Look for tell-tale words like "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oil in the list of ingredients.

Although manufacturers are now obliged by law to list trans-fat content, some won't be listing it on their products for a while. That's because the Federal Drug Administration has allowed certain companies to use up their old labels without the trans-fat listing before switching to the new ones with the listing.

Plus, some of the products with the new labels won't appear on supermarket shelves until products with the old labels have been sold.

If you really want to avoid trans-fat, a move to Denmark could be an option. In 2003, it became the only country to effectively outlaw the fat by passing a law that made it illegal for any food to contain more than 2% of trans-fat.

CONSULT DR. MARY

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories

Q. Which Causes The Greater Risk of Stroke – Metabolic Syndrome or Type 2 Diabetes?

A. Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The condition is characterized by having at least three of the following symptoms:

  • Insulin Resistance (when the body can't absorb blood sugar or utilize insulin properly)

  • Abdominal fat – in men this means a 40-inch waist or larger, in women 35 inches or larger

  • High blood sugar levels – at least 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) after fasting

  • High triglycerides – at least 150 mg/dL in the blood stream

  • Low HDL "good" cholesterol – less than 40 mg/dL if male and 50 mg/dL if female

  • Prothrombotic state (e.g. high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor in the blood)

  • Blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or higher

All the conditions mentioned above increase your risk of heart disease such as atherosclerosis, which involves plaque build-up in artery walls that can lead to a stroke. Until recently, however, Type 2 Diabetes was regarded as being the major risk factor for stroke.

However, a new Framingham Offspring Study compared Metabolic Syndrome with Type 2 Diabetes as an independent risk factor for stroke. The study looked at 2,097 people between the ages of 50-81. The criteria for Metabolic Syndrome were met in 30.3% of men and 24.7% of women and the study concluded that people with Metabolic Syndrome had a higher risk of stroke than those with Type 2 Diabetes (1).

If you do have at least three of the above symptoms, you may have Metabolic Syndrome. It is best to think preventatively and address Metabolic Syndrome to reduce your future risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

This can be achieved through lifestyle changes that include improved diet and an increase in regular exercise. These changes will help you to lose weight and increase your sensitivity to insulin, which are major ways to avoid suffering from Metabolic Syndrome.

Some dietary changes you can begin today include reducing the amounts of refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, breads, crackers and cookies. Replace these with fresh water fish, such as salmon and trout, as well as nuts and seeds, which are great sources of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

A daily routine of brisk morning walks will also help to increase your physical fitness and help to ward off Metabolic Syndrome.

(1) Najarian RM, Sullivan LM, Kannel WB, Wilson PW, D'Agostino RB, Wolf PA.
Metabolic syndrome compared with Type 2 diabetes mellitus as a risk factor for stroke: the Framingham Offspring Study., Arch Intern Med. 2006 Jan 9;166(1):106-11. PMID: 16401818
 

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Have You Been Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)?

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

So we are very pleased to offer the Insulite Metabolic Syndrome System, 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.

The Insulite Metabolic Syndrome System includes a scientifically-designed combination of nutrients which are primarily designed to increase the number of insulin receptors on the surface of each cell.

As a result, cells can absorb blood glucose through the receptor sites more efficiently for conversion to energy, thereby reducing levels of circulating glucose. A decrease in elevated blood glucose lowers the secretion of insulin, which are both major underlying causes of excess weight gain and obesity. When insulin and glucose are in balance, weight loss is facilitated and Metabolic Syndrome can be reversed.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did You Know?

THE HEALTHIER YOUR DIET, THE BETTER YOUR SEX LIFE

Everything in the human body is connected by the flow of blood. So if your coronary arteries are in bad shape and becoming blocked because of poor diet and lack of regular exercise, the chances are that your sex life is suffering, too.

Good circulation is a key factor in keeping everything working correctly and the healthy foods that help maintain cardiovascular health can have a similar effect on sexual function. The heart needs unrestricted blood flow to function properly and so do male and female sex organs.

In particular, blood vessels need specific nutrients like nitrogen and an amino acid called L-arginine to create nitric oxide gas that improves blood flow to the penis. Without good blood flow, erection and ejaculation are impossible while female orgasm via stimulation of the nipples, clitoris and vagina is much less likely.

Sexual arousal problems, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), are a common side-effect of reversible, Insulin Resistance-linked conditions like obesity, Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and Pre-Diabetes.

Nitrogen-rich vegetables such as artichokes and asparagus as well as leafy greens like spinach help create nitric oxide, which triggers vessel dilation critical to sexual performance and pleasure.

Foods rich in the amino acid L-arginine also help create nitric oxide. Good sources include nuts such as almonds, Brazils and pecans, as well as fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids like fresh water salmon, together with lean beef and poultry.

Brightly colored vegetables and fruit, like tomatoes, carrots, melon, peaches and mango are high in anti-oxidants, which help minimize artery damage and blockage from renegade molecules called free radicals.

Don't expect one healthy meal of chicken masala and Greek salad to suddenly solve all sexual problems, many of which are very complex. Hormonal deficiencies, for example, can sap the libido of many menopausal and post-menopausal women. Some women's body insecurities hamper their ability to enjoy or even engage in sex, while many men lose sexual stamina as they age.

But a healthy diet will help to maintain clear arteries and keep them well supplied with the nutrients essential to the creation of nitric oxide and good blood flow, which is essential for a satisfying sex life.


Smiling Woman.

"The secret of achievement is so often the enjoyment of good health."

 

- H.G. Wells

Staying fit will help you fulfill your future dreams.



INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS

Couple Dancing.

BALLROOM DANCING IS GOOD FOR YOU ON AND OFF THE DANCE FLOOR, PART II

Last month, we detailed the health benefits of ballroom dancing. But you don't have to do the quickstep or the samba. Other kinds of dance can be just as beneficial, enabling you to burn between 200 and 400 calories an hour.

Additional benefits range from an increase in flexibility to strength-training, improved mental agility and lowered blood pressure.

Swing is fast, furious and filled with flips, kicks and twirls that can burn a good 370 calories an hour.

Tap offers the chance to step away from stress while making your thighs slimmer and improving co-ordination.

Hip-Hop is on a par with any step-aerobics class in terms of physical exercise.

Belly dancing is all about working your thighs, abs and glutes. Although the pace is slower and repetitive, this form of exercise is a good calorie-burner and is growing in popularity among women of all cultural backgrounds.

There are several other advantages to learning to dance. Unless you're appearing on TV's Dancing With The Stars, dancing doesn't have to be competitive, which makes it an enjoyable, healthy and creative outlet for children who don't like sports.

There's also a social component to dancing because you interact with a partner and other couples around you. Many people start dancing after a divorce or the death of a spouse and find it a healing experience.

Dancing can even connect people to their roots, whether it's Irish step-dancing, flamenco or traditional Native American dance.

Whatever your reasons to dance, the floor is waiting and it's all yours.

 
 

Woman Sleeping.Getting a good night's sleep is vital for excellent health and a general sense of well-being. Yet more and more Americans are finding it difficult to enjoy the recuperative benefits of a full eight hours, if sales of heavily-advertised pharmaceutical sleep aids are anything to go by.

Planning for the stresses and strains of everyday life, including ever-longer commutes and work hours and the demands of family life, can make it impossible to clear your mind when you need to doze off. But here are some simple steps you can take to improve your chances of getting the right amount of sleep.

  • Darkness prompts the pineal gland to produce melatonin, a hormone that increases sleepiness as well as length and quality of sleep. Too much light can compromise melatonin production and interfere with slumber. So buy thick curtains that keep out street light and even a shining moon. Tuck away digital clocks and other electronics illuminated by LED lights where they won't affect the darkness. A sleep mask may help, especially one made of silk.

  • Many people say they sleep better to the sound of a traditional ticking clock. Others play calming sounds of nature recorded on a CD like rustling leaves or ocean waves. Noisy neighbors or a snoring bedmate may require moldable foam earplugs, which block out noise without causing irritation.

  • Give yourself at least three hours to digest a big meal so your digestive process doesn't keep you up at night. Avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night because both can disrupt sleep.

  • Natural and traditional sleep aids like valerian, passionflower, lemon balm and chamomile can lead you to sleep. Inquire about them at health shops and follow the instructions on the label. The aroma of lavender, in particular, has been shown to improve sleep.

  • The right kind of mattress is essential. If it's too hard or too soft, your sleep will be badly affected. Breathable cotton bedding in calming colors is better than scratchy covers in busy patterns. Natural buckwheat or millet-filled pillows conform to the shoulders and neck without irritating the skin.

  • Experts are unable to agree whether any threat is posed by electromagnetic fields (EMFs). But why take chances? Keep devices like telephone chargers and air purifiers away from where you sleep. EMF exposure decreases significantly as you move away from electronic sources.

Sleep well and sweet dreams.

 

Insulite Laboratories is Here for You

Insulite Laboratories is Here for You

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

Remember that persistence is crucial.

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


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