Treatment for Diabetes Bessemer AL

Across the nation, an estimated 20 million people—7 percent of the US population—have diabetes. As many as 40 million more teeter on the edge of the illness and are classified as pre'diabetic—meaning they have insulin resistance and higher'than-normal blood sugar levels that indicate they’re heading toward diabetes. But even for pre'diabetics, the disease isn’t inevitable: Weight loss, a healthy diet, and consistent exercise can significantly cut the risk of developing diabetes.

John Hutchings Holcombe, MD
(317) 274-2531
3029 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1973

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Meredith A Hawkins, MD
(205) 939-9589
564 Hackberry Ridge Trce
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1990

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Kathryn Lynne Honea, MD
(205) 870-9784
2000 6th Brookwood Med Ctr #508
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Honea Houserman & Long

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Virginia Houserman
(205) 870-9784
2006 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Reproductive Endocrinology

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Jorge Arturo Pino
(205) 877-2960
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Prakash Chand Kansal
(205) 780-0084
801 Princeton Avenue
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Malek S Karassi
(205) 787-2669
817 Princeton Ave Sw
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Fernando Ovalle, MD, FACE
(205) 822-7713
2624 Crossgate Ln
Vestavia Hills, AL
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexi: MD: 1989
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.Jorge Pino
(205) 877-2960
2022 Brookwood Med Ctr Dr #307
Birmingham, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Del Valle, Div Of Cien De La Salud, Cali
Year of Graduation: 1964
Speciality
Endocrinologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert W Rebar, MD
(205) 978-5000
1209 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: American Society-Reprdctve Med

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Heal Thyself - Beating the Sugar Blues

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By Mike Faden

Across the nation, an estimated 20 million people—7 percent of the US population—have diabetes. As many as 40 million more teeter on the edge of the illness and are classified as pre-diabetic—meaning they have insulin resistance and higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that indicate they’re heading toward diabetes. But even for pre-diabetics, the disease isn’t inevitable: Weight loss, a healthy diet, and consistent exercise can significantly cut the risk of developing diabetes.

Research also suggests certain herbs can help regulate blood glucose levels by boosting production of insulin or by slowing the absorption of sugar from the intestine. Along with lifestyle modifications, consider adding the following plants to your medicine cabinet to help keep your blood sugar in check. But before you do, consult your healthcare professional.

II Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre)
Also called gurmar, or “sugar destroyer,” the leaves of this woody climbing plant are traditionally used in ayurvedic medicine to treat high blood sugar. Several studies confirm long-term use of the herb holds promise in lowering blood glucose levels. In one 47-person trial conducted in India, blood glucose levels fell by nearly a third, on average, in type-2 diabetic patients given 400 mg of gymnema extract for a year and a half. David Winston, an herbalist in Washington, New Jersey, and coauthor of Herbal Therapies and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach (Lippincott, 2001) suggests 5 ml of tincture, three to four times a day.

II Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia)
Researchers at the Department of Agriculture kicked off the current wave of interest in the use of cinnamon for diabetes when they found that a constituent in the spice improved cells’ sensitivity to insulin. A 2003 follow-up study published in Diabetes Care asked 60 type-2 diabetics to take 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon in capsules or a placebo each day for 40 days. The cinnamon group reported a drop in blood levels of glucose, fats, and cholesterol of up to 30 percent. Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, a registered herbalist in Eugene, Oregon, and author of Body Balance (Kensington, 2004), recommends 6 to 10 grams a day in capsules. Additional studies show other forms of cinnamon may also prove helpful, including tea brewed from 3 grams of ground cinnamon bark a day (and drunk throughout the day), or a dash of the ground spice—1/2 to 11/2 teaspoons—in food each day.

II American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

The research supporting ginseng’s efficacy is “among the best available for herbs,” says Ryan Bradley, a diabetes specialist at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health near Seattle. Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb with a broad range of healing and protective effects, and it may fight diabetes in several ways. Researchers think components called ginsenosides stimulate cells within the pancreas to make more insulin. American ginseng may also help the body remove glucose from the blood and slow i...

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