The New Year has begun and you're just brimming with hope and anticipation at a brand new YOU! Correct?  But making those lasting changes can be very difficult when you're striking out on your own and before you can say "Martin Luther King Jr. Day" you're back to your old (not-always-so-desirable) habits... don't I know it!

For just this reason, I have teamed up with an innovative company called Insulite Laboratories to bring you "NEW YEAR, NEW YOU - A DIABETES MAKEOVER CONTEST." Insulite Labs has created a brand-new program called Insulite Diabetes Advanced Management System and its goal is to help PWDs with their diet and exercise while also providing a full support network. The program aims to help:

-    Reduce weight

-    Increase metabolism

-    Reduce fatigue

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-    Reverse insulin resistance

-    Eliminate carbohydrate addiction

We'll be choosing three worthy winners to participate in this comprehensive program at absolutely no cost for three months: Two individuals with Type 2 diabetes and one with Type 1 diabetes. While they  generally refer to "people with Type 2 diabetes" in their materials, the Insulite Advanced Diabetes Management System will also support people with Type 1 diabetes, the company assures me (um, did someone say "carbohydrate addiction?").

The "Makeover"

Via email, winners will receive Insulite's weekly health protocols that include tools like sample menus, lifestyle tips and access to info on the latest research to help them stay motivated. Plus, the company's online customer booklet provides details on reversing carb/sugar addiction, a diet and exercise diary, helpful charts and step-by-step guidance on diet and exercise. They'll also be in touch with Insulite's Consulting and Advisory teams online, and phone consultations can be arranged.

In addition — for those who choose — winners can receive Insulite Lab's Nutraceuticals products, a combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs designed to help with cardiovascular function and insulin sensitivity. [This part is totally optional and not required as part of the package if you win.]

[Disclaimer: anyone taking insulin is advised to "be vigilant in working with their health care providers to identify any changes in their insulin needs." In particular, patients on insulin that begin the program could experience hypoglycemia and require insulin and diet adjustments per their health care providers.]

So who is Insulite Laboratories? The company was established in 2001 in Boulder, Colorado, to research, develop and test a scientifically based, multi-faceted approach for addressing the problems associated with insulin resistance. They have culled an expansive advisory board of respected physicians and nutritionists, including Sheri Colberg-Ochs — Type 1diabetic, professor, and author of many well-respected books including The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook.   She is now Director of Exercise Physiology for Insulite Labs. She shares her thoughts on the Insulite Diabetes Advanced Management System:

"I believe Insulite Labs' program has all of the elements to finally allow people to effectively control and (sometimes) reverse diabetes.  I myself have counseled thousands of people with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes through my books and lectures about how to improve insulin action through physical activity, a healthy diet, and other lifestyle changes.  Sadly, despite good intentions, many people have trouble sustaining such lifestyle changes; they end up reverting back to poorer blood sugar control and facing diabetes-related health complications over time.  Insulite Labs is the first to offer a comprehensive program that I truly believe can help people with any type of diabetes effectively manage their disease for a lifetime and live a long, healthy, and complication-free life."

While their Diabetes Advanced Management System (aka "the Makeover") is brand-new, Insulite Labs provides some testimony from people they've coached with other related conditions, like Pre-Diabetes:

"Ever since I started the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System my blood glucose levels dropped 15%. It's reassuring to know that there is help for me and other people with Pre-Diabetes." -  WJW, Honolulu, HI

"I have been on the Insulite System for approx 3 months. I have lost 33 lbs, my liver functions are normal and my A1C came back at 5.1, down from 8.03 months ago. I was taking 10 Glucovance pills daily, now I take only 2 pills in the AM. My blood sugar is normal, my energy is higher than it has been in years and I feel great. Insulite along with a change in my diet has changed my life. I tell everyone that asks me what I have done to change my life, about the Insulite program." -  Marta Garcia, Santa Ana, CA

To read up on Insulite Labs, you can check out their new website HERE.

Ready for your chance to overhaul your diabetes regime?

Just email a short essay - no longer than 500 words please! - about your New Year's Resolution and why you think you are the most suitable candidate for this program. By submitting, you also agree to allow us to publish portions of your essay here in the event that you win.

In addition, we'll be asking winners to share their progress here at DiabetesMine throughout their three-month experience: What's this new program like?  Do the winners feel their approach to diabetes care being refreshed and rejuvenated? Will they finally fulfill their New Year's Resolutions?  You'll have to tune in...

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 10 — so don't delay!  Email your essays to me HERE.  Members of the Insulite team and I will be selecting three winners, to be announced on Feb. 17, 2009.  Best of luck for a fresh start in 2009!

[Editor's Note: I wanted to point out that this contest ties in very nicely with Landileigh's just-launched Biggest Loser - 'D' Style initiative; I hope some of those folks will enter to win the free coaching!]

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