Blood Sugar Specialist Mansfield TX

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.

James Michael Jacobson, MD
(817) 882-7473
7105 Lake Powell Dr
Arlington, TX
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974

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Eric R Johnson
(972) 647-8404
2801 Osler Dr
Grand Prairie, TX
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Maines L Aviles-Santa, MD
(214) 648-2017
PO Box 200785
Arlington, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1992

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Fred F Ciarochi
(972) 296-9947
903 S Main St
Duncanville, TX
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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R Lee Forshay, MD
(817) 820-2890
1325 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 280
Fort Worth, TX
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1963

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Mukhtar Anees
(817) 293-9292
701 E Rendon Crowley Rd
Burleson, TX
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology

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Timothy Noel Gorski, MD
(817) 792-2000
1001 N Waldrop Dr
Arlington, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Arlington Mem Hosp, Arlington, Tx; Fannin Pavilion Of Beaumont Re, Beaumont, Tx

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Sheila Kathleen Horsley, MD, MPH
(817) 293-6988
11803 S FRWY Suite 312
Fort Worth, TX
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda University: MD: 1979
Graduation Year: 1979

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Fred F Ciarochi, MD
(972) 296-9947
903 S Main St # STE101
Duncanville, TX
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: Methodist Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx; Margaret J Charlton Methodist, Dallas, Tx

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Paul Stephen Thornton, MD MRCP
(682) 885-1700
901 7th Ave Ste 410
Fort Worth, TX
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
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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