Insulite Labs
September 2006
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

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

We at Insulite Laboratories understand the unique sadness some women can feel at being unable to conceive and give birth to a child.

Of course, not all women experience maternal instincts and many lead perfectly fulfilled lives without having children. There is nothing unnatural in that.

But for women who long to have a child, infertility is especially heartbreaking. And a major cause of infertility is the hormonal imbalance called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Already, 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 specific levels, enhanced with an extensive client 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.

Helping to overcome infertility in women was one of the reasons that Dr. Mary Shackelton, Medical Director of Insulite Laboratories, set out to create the Insulite PCOS System. A mother of three, herself, including a new baby girl, Dr. Shackelton believes that, health permitting, it is every woman's right to have a child if she wishes.

So her aim was to reverse PCOS via a system which combines regular exercise with a nutritious, balanced diet that includes the healthiest of nutraceutical supplements, plus advice and support from an extensive medical team.

For May's issue of Insulite's Viewpoints newsletter, one of our clients, Katie McKay of London, England, permitted us to report how she had suffered from PCOS since she was a teenager and had never experienced regular periods.

Katie then revealed: "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."

Now we have heard from another client, Jill Wheeler of Boulder, CO, who wrote:

"After everything I had read, I never thought we could conceive naturally and am absolutely stunned, amazed and blessed to have conceived after being on the Insulite System for only two months.

"I had already noticed a healthier level of energy and a huge decrease of sugar cravings, having been on the system for about a month. But to actually be pregnant, with no medical or pharmaceutical intervention such as Clomid, is truly awesome.

"I am so grateful to have the opportunity to experience the incredible benefits of these supplements. I hope other women achieve such beautiful results on the system also.

"I really don’t know how to say thank you!"

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 and now Jill.

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

“Good health precedes everything.”

- Confucius

Be sure to have the right priorities.

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Intelligence Report

Newborn babies are dying or suffering birth defects because their obese mothers have developed Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

New figures show that babies born to overweight Diabetic mothers are four times more likely to die shortly after birth than children born to women who do not have the condition (1).

Babies delivered by obese Diabetics are also between three and four times more likely to have serious heart, brain or spinal cord defects.

As the number of obese women developing Diabetes grows, doctors fear the scale of the problem will increase, with the result that decades of progress in reducing perinatal death will be undermined.

Some maternity units have begun ordering reinforced beds and operating tables to bear the weight of clinically obese mothers-to-be.

Researchers from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (Cemach) studied deaths shortly after birth and congenital anomalies in babies born to British women with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes between March 2002 and February 2003

Type 1 Diabetes is an irreversible condition in which the pancreas stops making insulin. Without insulin, the body is unable to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy. To treat the disease, a person must inject insulin, follow a diet plan, exercise daily and test blood sugar several times a day. Type 1 Diabetes usually begins well before the age of 30 and afflicts some very young people.

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes. About 90-95% of Diabetics have irreversible Type 2 Diabetes. People with Type 2 Diabetes produce insulin but either do not make enough insulin or their body does not use the insulin they make. Most people who have this type of Diabetes are overweight or obese and many require daily injections of insulin.

Of 2,359 women with Diabetes studied in the British survey, 1,707 had Type 1 and 652 had Type 2. Both types were linked to similar increases in the risk of birth complications.

But Type 2 Diabetes is of particular concern to doctors because its rapid rise is related to increasing obesity levels and the "couch-potato" lifestyle.

The researchers also discovered that perinatal death rates among Diabetic women were four times higher than the equivalent rates for non-Diabetic women.

Dr. Maggie Blott, a consultant obstetrician at University College London Hospitals, said that dealing with the growing number of young overweight mothers who had developed Type 2 Diabetes was presenting a challenge to doctors.

"We have these hugely obese young women who are getting Type 2 Diabetes and we're seeing more and more of them getting pregnant," said Dr. Blott.

"I can't remember ever seeing a young woman with Type 2 Diabetes when I started practicing. Now I'm seeing them in my clinic all the time. This is an extremely serious problem."

Before becoming pregnant, obese women are strongly advised by doctors to lose weight and return to a healthy level for their size and age in order to avoid developing Diabetes.

Losing weight via a more nutritious diet and regular exercise is the key to avoiding Diabetes, which often has Insulin Resistance-linked obesity as its underlying cause. Insulin Resistance is an imbalance in blood and glucose levels that is being seen at increasingly younger ages as a result of poor diet and lack of physical activity leading to excess weight gain.

Before developing Type 2 Diabetes, most people experience a reversible condition called Pre-Diabetes. This disorder occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of irreversible Type 2 Diabetes.

Weight loss via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise can reverse Pre-Diabetes before the Type 2 variety takes hold.

Type 2 Diabetes should be avoided at all costs if possible because it severely increases the risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease, as well as a heart attack or stroke.

If Type 2 Diabetes has developed, however, its impact on health can be greatly lessened by more effective management of the disease. This process involves increasing insulin sensitivity through diet and exercise to reduce the risk of serious complications later in life.

(1)   Pregnancy in women with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in 2002-2003, England, Wales and Northern Ireland,

Click here to read about a scientific breakthrough which can help reverse obesity-linked Pre-Diabetes before it develops into Type 2 Diabetes.


New Research


A cascade of harmful side-effects can be unleashed by depression.

In a new survey, depressed women in their early 30s scored significantly worse than those who were not depressed on physical tests tied to health threats ranging from high cholesterol and blood sugar levels to inflammation of the blood vessels. All of these latter conditions can cause heart disease and lead to a heart attack or stroke.

The craving for carbohydrates and the hormone insulin are key factors in the biological mischief caused by depression, according to Philip Gold, chief of clinical neuroendocrinology at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

"Depression is not only a brain disease. It's a disease of the whole body. It's a vicious cycle," said Dr Gold, who led a study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.

Many depressed people give in to a desire for carbs because the starch content helps to subdue anxiety. But high carbohydrate intake also upsets the body's delicate balance of blood sugar and insulin, which can lead to Insulin Resistance and obesity.

Continually on the increase among all ages, Insulin Resistance prevents the normal interaction of glucose and insulin. It often underlies several other obesity-linked but reversible diseases, including Pre-Diabetes and the cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X). These risks include high levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol, high blood pressure and an increased chance of blood clots.

"The tragic thing is that probably 80% of people with depression don't get treatment," added Dr. Gold.

Depression affects almost 19 million Americans every year and it is closely linked with heart disease. About 1 in 20 U.S. citizens has an attack of depression each year while 1 in 3 who have heart attacks become severely depressed.

People who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet or do not maintain a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids may be at an increased risk for depression. These fatty acids are important components of nerve cell membranes. They help nerve cells communicate with each other, which is an essential part of maintaining good mental health.

Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the body and have to absorbed either from food such as deep water fish like salmon and herring, walnuts and certain plant oils or through supplements.

Click here to read about a scientific breakthrough that can reverse excess weight and obesity with ingredients which include mood-enhancing omega-3 fatty acids.

Read Previous Issues of Viewpoints

  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Although I'm Overweight, I Look Slimmer Wearing Black All The Time

Fact: First of all, when an overweight person wears black all the time, it does not make them look thinner. It simply broadcasts to the world that they are trying to conceal the fact they are overweight!

Black is a great color to wear some of the time but there are so many other fun shades to enjoy.

Secondly, by wearing black all the time, the feeling that your body must be hidden becomes ingrained in your consciousness. This, of course, is an extremely negative and self-destructive attitude to adopt.

It's far better to take positive steps to combat your weight problems by beginning a a regime which combines a nutritious, balanced diet with regular exercise. Put in a bit of effort and you'll be soon be amazed by the benefits weight loss will bring, both in terms of an improvement in your looks and the way you feel.

You'll also soon be wanting to wear bright colors again!

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. Can birth control pills affect Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

A. Many women with PCOS are often prescribed oral contraceptives to help regulate an irregular or absent menstrual cycle.

However, this merely regulates the period artificially, without changing the underlying problem causing PCOS, namely Insulin Resistance. When the contraceptives are discontinued, the PCOS symptoms will persist.

In addition, a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that birth control pills may exacerbate Insulin Resistance (1).

The study examined 36 adolescent girls with PCOS. Half the group took an oral contraceptive containing synthetic progesterone and the other half took a birth control pill with an anti-androgenic (a substance that suppresses the male hormone testosterone).

Both groups showed an increase in Insulin Resistance. Furthermore, the group taking the oral contraceptive containing the anti-androgenic showed an increase in both insulin secretion and blood levels of insulin.

With Insulin Resistance being the root cause of PCOS, women must think twice before considering the use of birth control pills to control irregular or absent menses. Not only do oral contraceptives not address the cause of PCOS but they actually may worsen the problem with Insulin Resistance.

It is important to remember that PCOS is a complex syndrome that requires a multi-faceted approach. There isn’t a single pill out there that will cure PCOS. Women with PCOS need to address Insulin Resistance through lifestyle changes like improved diet and a regular exercise regime.

(1)  Mastorakos G, Koliopoulos C, Deligeoroglou E, Diamanti-Kandarakis E, Creatsas G.,
Effects of two forms of combined oral contraceptives on carbohydrate metabolism in adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome., Fertil Steril. 2006 Feb;85(2):420-7. PMID: 16595221

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 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 have introduced 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 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 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.

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Did You Know?

Women who work long hours are more likely than men to indulge in unhealthy habits like skipping exercise, drinking too much coffee, smoking and consuming high-sugar snacks.

Men and women respond differently to long working days, according to a new study by Leeds University for Britain's Economic and Research Council (1).

Extra hours at work have little effect on male habits. But long workdays can create a craving for junk snacks among women, who also respond by smoking more, drinking more coffee and missing out on exercise.

The stress of making a presentation, meeting with the boss or missing a deadline led to women eating more snacks in-between meals and failing to include the right proportion of fruits and vegetables in their diets.

As a result of adopting these unhealthy habits, women can gain excessive weight, which, in turn, may create a variety of disorders, ranging from the hormonal imbalance called Insulin Resistance and its linked disease Pre-Diabetes to the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease known as Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).

Study researcher Dr. Daryl O'Connor said: "Stress disrupts people's normal eating habits. It causes people to opt for unhealthy high-fat and high-sugar snacks in preference to healthier food choices.

"Those more at risk of snacking under stress are best described as 'emotional eaters.' These individuals have higher levels of vulnerability and tend to turn to food as an escape from self-awareness.

"In other words, when they feel anxious or emotionally aroused or negative about themselves, they try to avoid these negative feelings by turning their attention to food."

(1)  Robert Preidt, Women More Prone to 'Stress Eating' Than Men Women More Prone to 'Stress Eating' Than Men, MedlinePlus, HealthDay News July 13, 2006,

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“Fitness will reward you throughout life.”
  - Sophie Oduku
Good health makes so much possible.


Couple Dancing.


The return of TV's popular Dancing With the Stars series is a timely reminder of just how good for you a turn on the dance floor can be.

Regardless of your gender, generation or fitness level, learning ballroom dancing is a great way to get moving and improve your health. Just 20 minutes of nonstop dancing, for example, increases your heart rate and produces benefits equal to low-impact aerobics.

And you get to wear sequins eventually if you so desire!

There are actually two types of ballroom dancing: standard (the quickstep and the waltz, for example) and Latin (think salsa, cha-cha and merengue). Whichever you opt for, you're likely to burn between 200 and 400 calories an hour.

One of the stars of the last series of "Dancing", 43-year-old retired NFL wide-receiver Jerry Rice, sings the praises of ballroom dancing when it comes to weight loss.

Rice said: "I lost 14 pounds during those eight weeks of dancing and, at 213 pounds, I was in good shape to begin with. But I liked the way my body changed. I stayed strong yet became leaner and more flexible and fluid."

The three-time Super Bowl champ now wishes he had taken up ballroom dancing while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

"That extra flexibility and awareness of my body would have helped prevent injuries," said Rice, adding that the speed from learning ballroom dancing's fancy footwork would have been handy, too.

The heath advantages even extend to improved mental agility and mood. Dancing increases blood flow to the brain, which can slow the risk of cognitive decline due to aging, and prevent feelings of loneliness because of the sociability of doing the foxtrot or the tango with a partner.

Lots of adult education programs, dance studios and gyms offer reasonably-priced classes or private lessons. But, like any workout, wearing the right gear is advisable.

For men, that means nothing tight, like belts or ties. Women should avoid heels and open-toed sandals. Flat comfortable shoes with leather soles and loose-fitting clothes are the way to go.

Next month, Insulite Lifestyle:Tips will look at the health benefits of other forms of dancing, ranging from tap and hip-hop to swing and belly dancing.

Incidentally, everyone seems to be getting in on the act these days. One of the most keenly anticipated movies of the fall, an animated epic called Happy Feet, looks set to make stars of ... dancing penguins!

Watermelon.Potassium may sound like a dimly-remembered element from a high school chemistry lesson in the distant past. But its presence in your diet is absolutely essential for good health.

Insufficient amounts increase the risk of high blood pressure and stroke, as well as a decrease in muscular strength. On the other hand, getting the right mount of potassium helps soothe feelings of anxiety, irritability and stress.

In fact, potassium has a remarkably extensive influence on health. Among the muscles it helps to keep strong is your heart. It also helps the water balance in your cells, keeps nerve impulses firing on all cylinders and releases energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates during metabolism.

The correct amount in your diet can help protect against Diabetes, obesity and kidney disease. It keeps muscles strong, bowels regular and protects against the blood pressure-boosting properties of sodium.

So how do you ensure your level is adequate? A variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, nuts and poultry contain this mineral. Bananas are popularly known as a good source - they contain 400 mg each. But other food sources are even richer, such as:

  • Lima beans (1 cup) 1000 mg

  • Cantaloupe (half a 5-inch melon) 975 mg

  • Almonds (4 oz) 786 mg

  • Whole milk (1 cup) 675 mg

  • Salmon (4 oz) 470 mg

  • Chicken (4 oz) 410 mg
The Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences suggests the daily requirement for men and women is 2000-3500 mg. But although it may seem as if you can get your daily requirement almost without thinking about it - a balanced diet usually provides between 2000 and 6000 mg each day - many still don't get the right amount. Potassium is lost when food is cooked, for example.

Additionally, there is a chemical relationship between potassium and sodium - if your sodium intake is high, your potassium will be low. Given the average high salt intake in most American diets, it's difficult to keep up that balance with food sources alone, which is why it's important to take potassium in supplement form.

Processed food is another culprit when it comes to potassium loss. Not only is processed food generally high in sodium, the processing procedure itself can remove potassium.

And if you regularly drink coffee, cola or alcoholic beverages, you may also be creating a deficiency. Caffeine and alcohol lowers your potassium level. In addition, potassium is easily lost in urine, while certain conditions, such as severe diarrhea or poor Diabetic control, deplete your body's stores.

While most people benefit from a nutritional supplement containing potassium, it is especially important for those who are at higher risk for deficiency. These include those who:
  • Engage in rigorous body-building

  • Take diuretics

  • Take cortisone medications

  • Have chronic liver disease

  • Have kidney damage

  • Suffer from physical and/or mental stress

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 Excess Weight System, Insulite PCOS System, Insulite MetaX System or the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System at

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