Blood Sugar Specialist Kansas City MO

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.

Jil Quynh Nguyen, MD
(816) 983-6587
700 E 8th St Apt 1002
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean: MD: 1997
Graduation Year: 1997

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Carol Ann Huseman, MD
(816) 234-3245
2401 Gillham Rd Ste 553A
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1971

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Ellen Eunhae Kim, MD
(816) 234-3804
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Amie M Vanmorlan, MD
(816) 234-1660
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Chetan Petel, MD
(816) 234-1660
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin: MD: 2000
Graduation Year: 2000

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Joseph Theodore Cernich, MD
(816) 234-3804
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 2000

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Lamont Gregory Weide, MD
(816) 404-4078
2301 Holmes St
Kansas City, MO
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1985

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Angela L Turpin, MD
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1999

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(816) 234-3804
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Betty Marie Drees, MD
(816) 235-1804
2411 Holmes St Rm M1-110
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1984
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Hospital: Truman Med Ctr -West, Kansas City, Mo; Veterans Affairs Med Ctr, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: University Physicians Associates

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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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