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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.

Marsha E Rogers
(913) 596-3940
8919 Parallel Pkwy
Kansas City, KS
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Bernard Francis Rice, MD
(913) 262-9222
8901 W 74th St Ste 125
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1956

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Lisa Ellen Porter, MD
(316) 689-9312
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Female
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1989

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Celeste Johnson Brabec, MD
(913) 894-2323
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1991
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Hospital: Overland Park Reg Med Ctr, Overland Park, Ks
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Linda Robin Nelson, MD
(913) 588-6261
3901 Rainbow Blvd MS 2028,
Kansas City, KS
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1987

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Sherry L Ryan, MD
(913) 451-8500
11905 High Dr
Leawood, KS
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: University of Kanas: MD: 1984
Graduation Year: 1984

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Jan Mark Hoffman, MD
(316) 315-1500
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1979

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Raymond E Dela Rosa, MD
(913) 676-7585
8901 W 74th St Ste 372
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1989

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Leland Graves, MD
(816) 556-3000
3599 Rainbow Boulevard,
Kansas City, KS
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1983

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(913) 588-6000
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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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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