Blood Sugar Specialist Beaver Dam WI

If you find yourself stuck in this high-low loop—a cycle that can lead to diabetes-related conditions like insulin resistance and insulin insensitivity—take heart, the ayurvedic herb gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre) can break you free.

Arnold A Asp
(608) 782-7300
1836 South Ave
La Crosse, WI
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Jennifer Joy Fischer-McVean, MD
(608) 263-9059
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI
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Medical School: University of Minnesota: MD: 2002
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(608) 263-7780
600 Highland Ave Endocrinology Section H4/568,
Madison, WI
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Medical School: Central del Ceribe School of Medicine: MD: 2001
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Sindhu Devani, MD
(715) 847-2004
2720 Plaza Dr Ste 1400
Wausau, WI
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Medical School: Grant Medical School: MBBS: 1982
Graduation Year: 1982

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(414) 456-6736
Froedtert E Office Bldg 9200 W Wisconsin Medical C
Milwaukee, WI
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Medical School: Marmara Univ, Tip Fak, Istanbul, Turkey
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(608) 824-0075
3146 Deming Way
Middleton, WI
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(608) 252-8135
1313 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
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(715) 387-5185
1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI
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(262) 253-7155
8700 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
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(262) 242-5772
2631 W Lake Forest Ct
Mequon, WI
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 522
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By Vonalda M. Utterback, CN

Hunger suddenly strikes. You need food, and you need it now. You rummage for that long-lost candy bar buried somewhere in your desk—anything to get a sugar fix.

That rapid rise in blood glucose, along with the attendant release of the “feel-good” hormone serotonin, may make you feel better in the short term, but when your glucose levels soon nosedive, you’ll return to your low-serotonin state—a prime candidate for yet more sugar craving.

If you find yourself stuck in this high-low loop—a cycle that can lead to diabetes-related conditions like insulin resistance and insulin insensitivity—take heart, the ayurvedic herb gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre) can break you free.

The leaves of this woody climbing plant have been used in India for more than 2,000 years to treat “honey urine” (diabetes) or high blood sugar levels, says Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, registered herbalist and author of The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs (2007, Lotus Press). “In my practice, I’ve experienced excellent results using gurmar to lower and maintain normalized blood sugar levels,” he says, “and I’ve seen my clients with type-2 diabetes lower or, in some cases, even eliminate the need for oral hypoglycemic medicines or insulin.”

No one knows exactly how the herb accomplishes this, says Khalsa, but current evidence points to a trio of possible mechanisms. Gurmar may increase insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells, heighten overall cell sensitivity to insulin, and/or decrease the gut’s glucose or lipid absorption.

A number of positive clinical studies support gurmar’s effectiveness. In one, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, University of Madras researchers gave 400 mg a day of a water-soluble extract of gurmar leaves to 22 type-2 diabetic participants for 18 to 20 months. “Gurmar showed the potential to help pancreatic repair, raising the output of insulin to normal levels,” reports Khalsa.

In his practice, Khalsa typically recommends taking the raw, dried leaf in capsule form in a wide range of dosages (15 mg to 500 grams per day), depending on the individual’s needs. He suggests starting with a low dose and increasing it gradually until serum glucose reaches normal range. Keep in mind that it may take several months of taking gurmar to see results. Of course, if diagnosed with diabetes, always consult your healthcare practitioner before making any changes to your medication.

And what about those sugar cravings? When placed directly on the tongue, gurmar alters the taste of sugar from sweet to bitter by depressing the tongue’s “sweet” receptors. The effect only lasts 15 minutes, Khalsa says—but that’s just enough time to find some complex carbs or other low-glycemic food to substitute for that afternoon Snickers.

Author: Vonalda M. Utterback, CN

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