Blood Sugar Specialist Minot ND

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.

Samir Ibrahim Farah, MD
(701) 852-5236
20 Burdick Expressway 500 Trinity Professional Bld
Minot, ND
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria, Egypt (330-03 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1962

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Samir I Farah
(701) 852-5236
20 Burdick Expy W Ste 500
Minot, ND
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Dr.Samir Farah
(701) 852-5236
20 W Burdick Expy
Minot, ND
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Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria
Year of Graduation: 1962
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Endocrinologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Ahmed Yousuf, MD
400 Burdick Expy E
Minot, ND
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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William Peter Newman, MD
(701) 293-4133
1919 Elm St N
Fargo, ND
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1974

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Ahmed Yousuf, MD
400 Burdick Expy E
Minot, ND
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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Dr.Samir Farah
(701) 852-5236
20 W Burdick Expy
Minot, ND
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M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria
Year of Graduation: 1962
Speciality
Endocrinologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Samir Ibrahim Farah, MD
(701) 852-5236
20 Burdick Expressway 500 Trinity Professional Bld
Minot, ND
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria, Egypt (330-03 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1962

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James Dean Brosseau, MD
(701) 780-6216
2505 Belmont Rd
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Diabetes
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1970
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Hospital: Altru Hosp, Grand Forks, Nd
Group Practice: Diabetes Center

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Casey J Ryan
(701) 780-6000
1000 S Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND
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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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