Blood Sugar Specialist Chanhassen MN

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.

Kathryn L Pyzdrowski, MD
(612) 302-4643
4265 Cottonwood Ln
Excelsior, MN
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Jack H Oppenheimer, MD
4100 Kerry Ct
Minnetonka, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Sur
Graduation Year: 1953

Data Provided by:
Lawrence Neil Mulmed, MD
(612) 336-5000
14721 Woodruff Rd
Wayzata, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Abbott Northwestern Hosp, Minneapolis, Mn; Fairview University Med Ctr -U, Minneapolis, Mn
Group Practice: Endocrine & Diabetes Assoc

Data Provided by:
C John Baumgartner, MD
(952) 941-6891
5109 W 66th St
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1965

Data Provided by:
Juan C Angelats
(952) 927-4045
6545 France Avenue South
Edina, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

Data Provided by:
Horace K Ivy, MD
(507) 284-3781
3525 County Road 140
Chaska, MN
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1951

Data Provided by:
Anne-Marie Lee
(952) 936-5600
715 2nd Ave S
Hopkins, MN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Data Provided by:
George E Tagatz, MD
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided by:
Fred H Katz, MD
(952) 920-1057
4513 Oxford Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Sur
Graduation Year: 1956

Data Provided by:
Elisa M Wright
(952) 927-4045
6545 France Avenue South
Edina, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Normalize your Blood Sugar

Provided by: 

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

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...

Local Events

UST Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care
Dates: 11/5/2020 – 11/5/2020
Location:
University of St.Thomas Saint Paul
View Details

UST Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care
Dates: 11/5/2020 – 11/5/2020
Location:
University of St.Thomas Saint Paul
View Details

AMSUS 121st Annual Meeting - The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
Dates: 11/1/2015 – 11/5/2015
Location:
Venue To Be Decided Minneapolis
View Details

2016 AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition - American Alliance For Health, Physical Education, Recreation, And Dance
Dates: 4/5/2016 – 4/9/2016
Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis
View Details