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
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Darwin Lauren Brown, MD
2665 N Decatur Rd Ste 520
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1994

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Yssa Saad Dine, MD
(404) 762-8211
1136 Cleveland Ave Ste 209
East Point, GA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1973

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Ana Alvarez Muphy
(706) 721-3832
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA
Specialty
Reproductive Endocrinology

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John Mcdowell Wolff
(404) 351-1806
3193 Howell Mill Rd Nw
Atlanta, GA
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Elizabeth H Burgess, MD
404-321-6111 x3838
1856 Angelique Dr
Decatur, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Candi Nobles-James, MD
(478) 405-8066
707 Pine St
Macon, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mercer Univ Sch Of Med, MacOn Ga 31207
Graduation Year: 1998

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Garry Lewis August, MD
(706) 322-4486
1519 13th Ave
Columbus, GA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Columbus, Ga; Doctors Hosp, Columbus, Ga; Medical Center, Columbus, Ga
Group Practice: Endocrine Consultants

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Olivia Flossie Mulligan, MD
(770) 979-4236
1800 Tree Ln Ste 350
Snellville, GA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1973

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Mary Luella Martin Thompson, MD, FACE
(706) 774-7400
1303 Dantignac St Ste 1000
Augusta, GA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: University of VA: MD: 1985
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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