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.

Donald Albert Daugherty, MD
(608) 252-8000
1313 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish, Vietnamese
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital Med Center, Madison, Wi
Group Practice: Dean Medical Ctr

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Paola A Palma Sisto, MD
(412) 692-5170
N52W16702 Oak Ridge Trl
Menomonee Falls, WI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1994

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Michael K Fritsch, MD PHD
(608) 263-5351
MSC 5250 1300 University Ave
Madison, WI
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Yoram Shenker
(608) 263-5010
451 Junction Rd
Madison, WI
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Elizabeth A Pritts
(608) 824-0075
3146 Deming Way
Middleton, WI
Specialty
Reproductive Endocrinology

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Jerald Peter Marifke, MD
(920) 468-9588
704 S Webster Ave Ste 500
Green Bay, WI
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1994

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Charles Bessellieu Hammond, MD
(919) 684-6161
411 Lincoln St
Neenah, WI
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Duke University Med Ctr, Durham, Nc
Group Practice: Duke Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Roopa Karri, MD
(920) 457-4461
2414 Kohler Memorial Dr
Sheboygan, WI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Gandhi Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1991

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Hanaa J Zidan
(414) 805-3666
9000 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI
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Pediatric Endocrinology

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(414) 805-3666
9200 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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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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