Insulite Labs
September 2005
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

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

We at Insulite Laboratories are keenly aware of just how difficult it can be to lose weight. So we try to offer as many tips as possible that will lead you to success and the improved sense of well being that accompanies better health.

It may be an unfortunate fact of life that 9 out of 10 people who try to lose weight fail to keep it off. But the good news is that you have the power within yourself to join the 1 in 10 who succeed.

Knowing as much as possible on the subject will give you an inside edge right away. Take the time, for example, to learn how to understand food labels and serving sizes. Investigate the Glycemic Index (GI) and research the composition of different foods to see how they affect the body.

Never forget that you're in control. So you decide whether a sugary soda or a healthy, thirst-quenching piece of fruit passes your lips. And be aware of your hunger levels and how much you're eating. If you watch TV and eat at the same time, it's a sure way to lose track of your food intake. Prepare healthy portions before you reach for the remote control.

Don't beat yourself up if you have the occasional lapse, especially at times of stress. It's not a license to fill up on your favorite treats. But if you have a craving for ice cream or chocolate, have some in moderate amounts from time to time and then return to healthier fare.

Don't expect too much too soon. Effective weight loss is a slow process, so don't become obsessed with stepping onto the bathroom scales at every end and turn. Limit your weigh-ins to one a month and then you'll see a real difference.

Professionals in the weight loss field often grade progress by looking at other factors, such as a reduction in body fat ratio or a smaller dress-size or waist measurement of a pair of men's pants. These are just as valid as signs of progress and they may also be better indicators of overall health improvements.

We have every confidence that you can succeed and we'll be encouraging you every step of the way.

“There is a different world elsewhere.”

- William Shakespeare

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Intelligence Report


The chances of developing dementia are significantly higher among some people with Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), the cluster of Cardiovascular Diseases which is often related to obesity.

A new study found the risk of mental impairment was 20% greater among a sample group of men and women suffering from Metabolic Syndrome, compared with those who were free of the disorder.

Lead researcher Dr Kristine Yaffe of the University of California in San Francisco wrote:" To our knowledge, this is the first study to document that Metabolic Syndrome is associated with poor cognitive outcomes." (1)

The study focused on 2,632 white and African-American men and women between the ages of 70 and 79. Researchers discovered that 1,000 participants had Metabolic Syndrome, which is characterized by a person having at least three of the following symptoms:

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

  • High blood sugar - at least 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl)

  • High triglyceride levels - at least 150mg/dl in the blood stream

  • Low HDL "good" cholesterol - less than 40mg/dl

  • Blood pressure of 130/85 or higher
Those in the survey with Metabolic Syndrome were more likely to be white, female and smokers. They also were more likely to have already had a heart attack and show signs of cell damage.

The risk of dementia shot up by 66% among Metabolic Syndrome sufferers who had high levels of Interleukin 6 and C-reactive proteins in the bloodstream, which are markers for artery inflammation that can cause severe heart disease. However, participants who had Metabolic Syndrome but recorded low levels of the inflammatory proteins did not show the same massive increase in the likelihood of reduced mental ability.

"Future studies will need to address whether preventing Metabolic Syndrome or lowering inflammation prevents cognitive impairment in elderly individuals," wrote Dr. Yaffe.

A root cause of Metabolic Syndrome is often Insulin Resistance, which creates an imbalance in levels of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream. Insulin receptor sites act as "a key in a lock," allowing glucose to pass through the cell wall and be converted to energy. Insulin Resistance vastly reduces the number of these receptor sites, causing glucose, or sugar, to "bounce" off the cell wall and then free-float in the blood stream to the liver.

Once there, the glucose is converted into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body. This process often leads to obesity, a key factor in the onset of Metabolic Syndrome, which can also increase the risk of blood clot formation and reduce the kidneys' ability to remove salt from the blood stream.

(1) Metabolic Syndrome, inflammation and risk of cognitive decline, Journal of American Medical Association - 2920:2237-2242, December, 2004.

Click here to learn about a system that helps reverse Insulin Resistance.


New Research


The long-term complications of full-blown Type 2 Diabetes may be set in motion earlier than was previously thought.

A new study suggests that doctors could be forced to come up with a revised "cut off" point for reversible Pre-Diabetes before it causes the kind of damage associated with the Type II variety - a condition which can be managed but not reversed.

Pre-Diabetes is a disorder in which blood sugar levels are high but not quite high enough to be called Type 2 Diabetes. The condition affects an estimated 41 million American adults between the ages of 40 and 74 and carries an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

The current definition of Pre-Diabetes is based on the blood sugar levels at which damage to the small blood vessels of the eyes, nerves and kidneys was thought to begin to develop. A normal blood sugar reading is regarded at being below 100 milligrams per deciliter of blood, with Pre-Diabetes being defined as 100-125 mg/dl and Type 2 Diabetes being 126 mg/dl or higher.

But the new study suggests blood vessel damage from Pre-Diabetes may occur earlier than was generally thought. Addressing the American Diabetes Association, Professor Richard Hamman of the University of Colorado's School of Medicine presented research based on a group of 890 adults who had participated in a trial called the Diabetes Prevention Program. This earlier trial was designed to find ways to delay Type 2 Diabetes in people at high risk of developing the disorder. (1)

The researchers found that, among the 802 people who were considered Pre-Diabetic, almost 8% already had early stage retinopathy, the most common cause of adult blindness and a condition associated in an advanced stage with Type 2 Diabetes. Examples of slightly more advanced retinopathy were found in 13% of the 588 participants who had progressed to Type 2 Diabetes within the previous 5 years.

"This suggests some of the risk factors for long term complications are operating early in Diabetes," said Professor Hamman.

He added that more research is needed but the finding "emphasizes how important good blood pressure and good blood sugar control are, early in Diabetes."

Pre-Diabetes occurs when the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or the body cells cannot correctly process the insulin that is produced. An underlying cause can be Insulin Resistance-related obesity.

In the normal healthy cell, insulin allows food or glucose to pass through the cell wall to be converted into energy. But Insulin Resistance prevents the efficient conversion of glucose into energy by reducing the number of insulin receptor sites on the cells. Too few sites cause glucose and insulin levels to become elevated in the blood stream.

Instead of passing through the insulin "door," glucose free-floats to the liver, where it is converted to body fat and stored throughout the body, which can lead to excess weight gain and obesity. Cells become starved of energy, while free-floating glucose and insulin levels rise to dangerously high levels and may damage the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.

In addition, there can be an increase in fat-storing triglyceride levels, a rise in LDL "bad" cholesterol and a lowering of HDL "good" cholesterol, resulting in an elevated risk of developing the cluster of Cardiovascular Diseases called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X). The imbalance of glucose and insulin may also affect female hormone levels, resulting in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility in women. PCOS can also cause skin problems, excessive body hair and male pattern baldness in women, as well as increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Before someone becomes Type II Diabetic, they are nearly always diagnosed as having Pre-Diabetes first. But one does not automatically lead to the other. There is a time period during which lifestyle changes can prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. In other words, Pre-Diabetes can be reversed by losing weight via a balanced, nutritional diet and regular exercise.

(1) Diabetic Retinopathy occurs in Pre-Diabetes, National Institutes of Health, 6/12/05

Click here to read about how the Insulite System can help reverse
the symptoms of Insulin Resistance and PCOS

  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: My mother is overweight and loves fattening things like chocolate, so I will have a weight problem, too.

Fact: It is certainly not a foregone conclusion that you will be the same as your mother.

Environmental factors such as how you grew up and the dietary habits of your family can have a large impact on how much weight you carry today.

But every factor can be modified by adopting healthy changes in your lifestyle. By sticking to a balanced, nutritional diet and getting regular exercise, you can lose weight or, even better, prevent excess weight gain in the first place.

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Is There a Single Pill I Can Take That Will Stop Me Being Obese?  

A. The recent buzz about anti-obesity drugs may have left some people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next “miracle product” with the potential for losing weight using just one pill. But I fear they're in for a major disappointment!

The latest drug to hit the market is called Accomplia, which inhibits the cannaboid receptor in brain tissue. Some scientists theorize that this process will lessen appetite.

Another drug currently available is called Xenical. It acts as a fat blocker which obstructs the absorption of fat consumed from the diet. Unfortunately, there can be numerous drawbacks, including diarrhea, gas, bloating and nausea. The drug also runs the risk of blocking the "good fats" that we all need to lose weight, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K are prevented from being absorbed.

Other drugs act as appetite suppressants and have been around for years. They include Phentermine, Adipex, Bontril, Lonamin, Didrex and Tenuate. Appetite suppressants, which block the normal healthy signals to the brain of hunger and thirst, usually have stimulating or activating side effects and can adversely affect the adrenal glands by impacting energy levels.

I'm convinced that many who suffer from obesity will be seriously dissatisfied by their experiences with these drugs. There simply is no single magic solution for obesity that is safe and healthy. People can lose weight in many unhealthy ways, such as starvation diets and drugs that speed up your metabolism. But I feel these options mislead thousands of people.

Insulite Laboratories, on the other hand, sets out to help people succeed in losing weight and keeping it off with an effective and healthy regime of diet, nutrients and regular exercise. Another benefit of this approach is that our clients won't ever again be tempted to shop for the next obesity drug.

I believe there is only one way to lose weight safely and this involves a system of different elements like nutrition, exercise and support. If there was an easier way to lose weight that was also healthy, I would gladly recommend it.

How wonderful it would be if pharmaceutical companies put as much effort into helping people live healthier lives as they do in the development of the next “wonder pill.”

We at Insulite Laboratories know how much support it takes for one person to lose weight and keep it off. That's why we are committed to helping each one of our clients on an individual basis in any way we can.

“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your caring advice and guiding me towards taking control of my health. It's hard to express in words how long I have been trying to find the answers you have so easily provided for me.

I am so excited about the positive changes in my health and I can't wait to see where I am six months from now, yet alone the year. Thank you again!”

- MS
  Stuarts Draft, VA

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 name, we are quite happy to use your initials to preserve your anonymity. We do ask that you include the name of your hometown and state. Please email us at

Have You Been Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome?

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

We’re Here to Support You.

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 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 site and future editions of
“Viewpoints” will keep you updated.

Exercise affects Insulin Levels


By now, most people are aware of the benefits of exercise. But the almost immediate consequences of not exercising are less familiar.

In as little as two days of physical inactivity, your body's efficient use of insulin may decrease. Left unchecked, this reduction in insulin efficiency may be a precursor to Insulin Resistance-related weight gain and obesity, which can lead to a variety of disorders.

These may include Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance which is a leading cause of female infertility, and the cluster of Cardiovascular Diseases called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X). Additionally, obesity is often an underlying cause of Pre-Diabetes, a reversible disorder which, if neglected, can lead to full-blown, irreversible Type II Diabetes.

In other words, don't exercise at your own risk! That's the advice of doctors Frank Booth and David Kump, two University of Missouri-Columbia researchers who conducted a new study with rats. (1)

To simulate the sudden drop in activity, the research team allowed the rats to run on exercise wheels for three weeks and then locked the wheels for a period of up to two days.

"The less efficient your insulin is, the greater risk you have of Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension," said Dr Kump.

"Insulin works by taking glucose, or blood sugar, out of the blood stream and into the muscle to be used for energy. Our research found that when the rats stopped running for two days, the amount of sugar taken into the muscle in response to insulin was reduced by about one-third."

When insulin binds with a muscle cell, it begins a chain of events to transfer glucose from the blood into the muscle. The process starts when insulin binds to receptors on the muscle wall to open a path for the glucose. At the same time, proteins inside the muscle are activated to accept the glucose and begin the process of turning the glucose into energy.

In a person who has been active, this process is typically very efficient. But for someone who has not been active, not only are there fewer receptors on the muscle wall to bind to the insulin but also there is less activity inside the muscle, making the transfer of glucose to the muscle difficult.

"Everyone is looking at the benefits of exercise, but we are looking at the consequences of stopping that exercise," added Dr. Kump.

"People already know that exercise is good for them. This shows that, within a very short time frame of inactivity, the insulin does not work as well and might have negative effects."

(1) Journal of the Physiological Society, June 15, 2005; 565 (3): 911-925

Discipline and Patience
“Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.”
  - Brian Tracy
Discipline and patience are crucial to success.


QigongQigong may sound like another one of those Far Eastern martial arts. But it's actually an ancient Chinese way of greeting each day with increased vitality.

The exercises aim to raise energy flow, enhance flexibility, improve circulation and reduce stress. You don't have to be a contortionist to benefit from Qigong because it's based on slow, graceful, dance-like movements.

Try these simple exercises to kick start your morning:

Shaking. Spend two minutes simply shaking your body in a way that is most comfortable for you. Start with your lower body, with legs and feet, or begin at the top, moving from the neck and shoulders downwards. The purpose is to release stagnant energy from all joints and stiff areas of the body. Breathe normally throughout.

Standing. Extend your right foot forward and rest it lightly, heel raised slightly off the floor with your weight on the left foot. Stretch out your arms at shoulder height as if holding a big ball, with your right hand an inch in front of your left, fingers relaxed. Let your body expand and contract with each breath. After a minute, reverse with the left hand and foot in front and repeat for another minute. The aim here is feel energy passing between your hands.

Stretching Up and Down. Stand with your knees straight but not locked and your feet together and your finger interlaced, palms upwards. As you breathe in, turn your palms outwards, raise your arms and turn your face to the ceiling. Continue stretching upwards as you complete your inhalation. When you exhale, lower your arms and turn your clasped hands palms downwards. Bend forward at the hips - not the waist - with a flat back. Stretch both arms towards your toes and gaze at the floor. Repeat 12 times for a total of 12 deep, complete breaths. These exercises are meant to increase flexibility of the spine by stretching it in opposite directions.

Balancing. Stand with your feet a shoulder-width apart, with your left palm at your hip facing up and your right hand in front of you at shoulder height as if you're pushing something away. Your right arm should be slightly bent, with the hand open, and your chin lifted. Inhale as you flip your right hand, palm up, and retract it. Exhale as you push your left hand outward. Repeat this movement slowly, switching hands as you inhale and pushing out as you exhale. Repeat 12 times for a total of 24 breaths. The purpose here is to feel an inner calm and power.

Swinging Back. Place your feet together and relax your hands by your side. As you breathe in, turn your upper body to the left and swing both arms out, right arm forward. Then swing your arms through the center as you breathe out and reverse, turning to the right and swinging your arms up in the other direction. Alternate from side to side 16 times, for a total of 16 deep breaths. This exercise can help to lower blood pressure, beat fatigue and assist with weight management.

Don't forget: it's advisable to always seek your doctor's advice before beginning a new exercise regime.

SteviaThere are so many sweeteners on the market that it's difficult to tell which is the right one to use. However, stevia seems to be the healthiest option, boasting a number of benefits beside sweetening a cup of coffee.

It originated in South America, with the glycosides, or natural sugar compounds in stevia, particularly stevioside, giving the plant its sweet flavor.

The stevia leaf is considered the medicinal part of the plant. Research has shown that extracts can relax arteries and help prevent the build-up of calcium on artery walls, keeping them healthy and reducing blood pressure.

Regulating blood sugar levels is very important for those who suffer from high blood pressure. When those levels are high, the blood vessels become inflamed, which is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Stevia extract has been shown to actually improve glucose tolerance by decreasing plasma glucose levels.

Many Diabetics also have high blood pressure and research has shown that stevioside reduced glucose levels in people suffering from full-blown Type II Diabetes. Stevia controls blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells. Doctors are now studying the plant to further explore its potential as a treatment for both high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes.

Stevia is not cheap to buy but it can be found in health food stores and online.

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

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