Blood Sugar Specialist Ellijay GA

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.

Jason Andrew Berner
(706) 253-3842
220 J L White Dr
Jasper, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Vin Tangpricha, MD
(404) 727-7254
1639 Pierce Dr NE WMRB 1315,
Atlanta, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1996

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Donnie Parks Wilson, MD
(404) 294-5128
976 Killian Hill Rd SW
Lilburn, GA
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1974

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Bruce Welsh Bode, MD
(404) 355-4393
77 Collier Rd NW Ste 2080
Atlanta, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1981

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Frank Vinicor, MD
(770) 488-5000
4770 Buford Highway-NE K-10
Atlanta, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1967

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Hilton Isadore Kort, MD
(404) 257-1900
1150 Lake Hearn Dr NE Ste 400
Atlanta, GA
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1970

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Norman Joseph Novelly, DO
(404) 255-2033
5455 Meridian Marks Rd NE Ste 130
Atlanta, GA
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1975

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Andrew B Muir
(706) 721-4158
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA
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Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology

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(404) 531-0125
49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: University of Guayaguil
Graduation Year: 1979

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Jennifer Ellen Lawrence, MD
(229) 241-9799
3208 Country Club Dr
Valdosta, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Graduation Year: 2007

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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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