Blood Sugar Specialist Gallup NM

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.

Marie M Abad, MD
2111 College Dr
Gallup, NM
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dorothy Mary Gohdes, MD
(505) 296-5820
4109 Silvery Minnow Pl NW
Albuquerque, NM
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Female
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Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1972

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Gerald S Kidd, MD
5024 Moon Shadow Pl
Las Cruces, NM
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galvest
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.RACHAEL CUNNICK
(505) 559-6400
2211 Lomas Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, NM
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F
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Endocrinologist
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Terry Howard Edwards, MD
(505) 262-7910
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1972

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George Ang, MD
(505) 863-1820
2111 College Dr
Gallup, NM
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: University of Santo Tomas: MD: 1986
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.May Reyes
(505) 559-6400
8300 Constitution Avenue Northeast
Albuquerque, NM
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F
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Endocrinologist
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Neil I Kaminsky, MD
(505) 563-6441
Albuquerque, NM
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Kathleen Mary Colleran, MD
(505) 272-4658
5550/5 ACC 1 University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1991

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Gregory E Johnson
(505) 526-5525
225 E Idaho Ave
Las Cruces, NM
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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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