Vitamins that Can Help with Weight Loss and Management

Below is a list of vitamins that was provided by SpectraCell Laboratories that can help with weight management.

Asparagine – The amino acid increases insulin sensitivity which helps the body store energy Weight management in muscle instead of storing it as body fat.

Biotin – Boosts metabolism by improving glycemic control (stabilizes blood sugar) and lowering insulin, a hormone that promotes fat formation.

Carnitine – Carries fatty acids into the cell so they can be burned for fuel; Helps reduce visceral adiposity (belly fat).

Calcium – Inhibits the formation of fat cells; Also helps oxidize (burn) fat cells.

Lipoic Acid – Improves glucose uptake into cells, which helps a person burn carbohydrates more efficiently.

Chromium – Makes the body more sensitive to insulin, helping to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle.

Vitamin B5 – Taking B5 lowers body weight by activating lipoprotein lipases, an enzyme that burns fat cells.  One study linked B5 supplementation to less hunger when dieting.

Magnesium – Low magnesium in cells impairs a person’s ability to use glucose for fuel, instead of storing it as fat; Correcting a magnesium deficiency stimulates metabolism by increasing insulin sensitivity.  Magnesium may also inhibit fat absorption.

Glutamine – Reduces fat mass by improving glucose uptake into muscle.

Cysteine – Supplementation with this antioxidant reduced body fat in obese patients.

Inositol – Supplementation may increase adiponectin levels.

Vitamin B3(Niacin) – Treatment with B3 increases adiponectin, a weight-loss hormone secreted by fat cells; Niacin-bound chromium supplements helped reduced body weight in clinical trials.

Vitamin A – Enhances expression of genes that reduce a person’s tendency to store food as fat; Reduces the size of fat cells.

Vitamin E – Inhibits pre-fat cells from changing into mature fat cells, thus reducing body fat.

Vitamin D – Deficiency strongly linked to poor metabolism of carbohydrates; Genes that are regulated by vitamin D may alter the way fat cells form in some people.

Vitamin K – Poor vitamin K status linked to excess fat tissue; Vitamin K helps metabolize sugars.

Zinc – Deficiency of zinc reduces leptin, a beneficial hormone that regulates appetite, which is reversed by zinc repletion.

FirstLine Therapy® is a Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program that can enhance your health and prevent disease.   FirstLine Therapy® is about making choices every day that will enable you to achieve a long, full, and healthy life. Contact one of our FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Counselors at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine in Chicago.

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine is located at 1 East Delaware Place, Suite 501, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Phone: 773.435.1150, Website:

Belly fat can be hazardous to health

That spare tire is nothing to hold onto because it can put you at greater risk to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, especially for middle age men and women. It’s never too late to take action. Help your body get back in healthy shape.

Our FirstLine Therapy (FLT) program will help you break the cycle that’s breaking you. FLT addresses underlying factors to improve your health in subtle ways that collectively make a big difference. Learn how to enjoy the foods you already love to help your body perform the way it should, and how just minutes of simple exercise can work wonders.

FirstLine Therapy medical food UltraMeal Plus 360° is formulated to complement a scientifically designed food plan, targeting multiple pathways in the body’s blood sugar and inflammatory processes linked to metabolic syndrome and other cardiovascular-related illnesses. So you can manage current conditions and reduce your risk to developing more serious ones. The FLT Program demonstrated greater effectiveness than diet and exercise alone.

In two landmark clinical studies, the FirstLine Therapy Program showed significant improvements in recognized risk markers for heart and blood sugar related disorders in just 12 weeks. Unlike many conventional approaches that carry greater risk of serious adverse effects, no such events have been reported with FLT. Why? Because the FirstLine Therapy therapeutic lifestyle program is research-based and the medical food contains only natural ingredients manufactured to higher quality standards.

Soon after starting the FLT program, people often report increased energy and the ability to do more of the things they enjoy. Don’t let your belly fat get in your way any longer.

Manage your health risks by taking action now. The FirstLine Therapy Program has been clinically shown to:

• Reduce weight
• Improve blood pressure
• Improve cholesterol & triglycerides
• Improve other heart disease risks

If you want to take control of your life, contact Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150 or email us at

How Lifestyles Affect Your Body’s Nutritional Intake

Despite a wide variety of foods, people today generally eat more but actually get fewer nutrients. Many common aspects of daily life can deplete the body of the nutrients it needs to function properly:

• Drinking—alcohol, coffee/sodas (caffeine)
• Smoking—nicotine
• Medications—statin drugs, corticosteroids, diuretics
• Eating—junk food, refined carbohydrates
• Stress—work, family
• State of Health—illness, injury, intestinal issues, pregnancy

These things can rob you of nutrients by:

• Increasing your need for certain nutrients
• Causing accelerated nutrient loss
• Impairing the absorption of nutrients from food

Call Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine today at 773-435-1150 and ask about our FirstLine Therapy program. Let us help you improve your health, reverse chronic illnesses and lose weight naturally.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of interrelated clinical symptoms that increase an individual’s risk for many chronic diseases including atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes. In addition to increasing susceptibility to cardiac disease, Metabolic Syndrome confers increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition that is rising and is associated with an increased risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. Incidence of certain malignancies, including colorectal and prostate cancer, increases with the presence of Metabolic Syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome, the most common endocrinopathy of reproductive age women, is strongly associated with Metabolic Syndrome. Furthermore, sexual dysfunction, gout, chronic renal disease, and microalbuminuria have each been associated with Metabolic Syndrome.

Approximately 34% of adults in the US meet criteria for Metabolic Syndrome diagnosis, and individual propensity for developing Metabolic Syndrome increases dramatically with age. Due to the prevalence of obesity and the aging population, and given the relationship among Metabolic Syndrome, and cardiovascular disease, a long-term solution is urgently needed.

Although pharmaceutical treatment options are available for managing symptoms related to Metabolic Syndrome, lifestyle change programs are the recommended first line of therapy for the prevention or management of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosis

Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes and is diagnosed when at least 3 of the following are present: 1) Elevated waist circumference:
Men — Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women — Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)

2) Elevated triglycerides:
Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL

3) Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:
Men — Less than 40 mg/dL
Women — Less than 50 mg/dL

4) Elevated blood pressure:
Equal to or greater than 130/85

At Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, we offer a 12 week lifestyle program – FirstLine Therapy to help combat Metabolic Syndrome. Your initial will begin by meeting with one of our physicians who are board certified internists. Weekly sessions with CCWM health coaches will counsel patients regarding our Therapeutic Lifestyle Program. Our Lifestyle educators work as a team with our physicians, providing hands-on support to patients. You will have a Stress and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. We will review your findings and determine your health goals in order to establish your course of lifestyle therapy.

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine provides formulas that promote healthy blood lipid levels, circulatory and blood vessel function and support, and overall heart health. Body composition analysis will be given by one of our health coaches. This is the clinical assessment of tissue and fluid distribution in the human body. The body is modeled as a series of tissue and fluid compartments. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment. A BIA (Bio-Impedance Analysis) will be conducted on patients throughout the weeks to determine your body fat, water content, and muscle mass. The body composition information is indicative of one’s current state of well-being.

Patients have seen tremendous results from our FrirstLine Therapy program – lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, loose body fat and weight, have more energy and improving their overall health.

Contact one of our healthcare providers at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150 or email us at for more information on our FirstLine Therapy program.

Genetic Testing for Weight Loss Now Available in Chicago

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine is pleased to now offer The Weight Management Genetic Test for its patients. We are the first in Chicago to carry this groundbreaking test, which may help you lose more weight by properly matching diet and exercise to your personal genotypes.

Interleukin Genetics has developed a DNA test, The Weight Management Genetic Test, which includes the genes that have been validated as significant modifiers of body weight and responsiveness to diet and exercise. The test is easy. A non-invasive swab is taken from inside your cheek and sent to a certified, independent laboratory. There, state-of-the-art technology is used to analyze 5 variations in 4 specific genes that are known to impact metabolism and weight loss. The DNA testing determines if your body is more sensitive to fats, carbohydrates, or both.  It also helps determine the appropriate level of exercise for you to burn the most calories.

Researchers from Stanford University collaborated with Interleukin Genetics on the clinical trials, which showed significant differences in weight loss in patients that followed diets based on the results of genetic testing. Women who followed a diet based on their test results lost up to three times the amount of weight than women who didn’t follow the DNA diet!

This breakthrough in weight loss management has been featured on shows such as The Dr. Oz Show, Today, CNN and Fox & Friends, and has been covered by The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, among others.

At Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, this test is just a part of our weight loss wellness and weight management programs. We offer cutting edge medical treatments as well as personalized counseling. Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine is a Group Practice founded on the principle of respect for the patient. Our approach is multidisciplinary, holistic and evidence based. We specialize in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology with many related services. We practice gender-specific medicine with an emphasis on patient education. Attention to the mind, body and spirit constitutes the basis for care of women in all phases of their lives. Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine doctors have been recognized as Chicago’s and America’s Top Doctors year after year.

Visit our website at or call Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150.

Weight Loss May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

For postmenopausal women who are overweight or obese, new research offers more incentive to start shedding pounds.

According to a study published in the journal Cancer Research, losing even a small proportion of your overall body weight significantly reduces inflammation in your body and potentially lowers your risk of developing several different types of cancer, including breast cancer.

The more fat one has, the more inflammation-producing cells there are, and the more inflammation produced is sent into the bloodstream.

Dieting Is Essential for Weight Loss

Very few people can lose significant amounts of weight from exercise alone. Several year-long studies testing exercise alone, even large amounts up to an hour a day, and on average it produces about 3 to 4 pounds of weight loss over the year. The strongest health effects are combined diet (FLT program) and exercise program.

Obesity is an inflammatory disease. Diet-induced weight loss is really central to reducing inflammation markers. Women who are overweight should start exercising, pay close attention to what and how much they eat, and keep track of progress to help reach a weight loss goal of 1 to 2 pounds per week. The FirstLine Therapy program helps reduce weight, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure and much more.

Contact a FLT representative to get started on your new healthy life.