Blood Sugar Specialist Port Angeles WA

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.

Carol Hatch Wysham, MD
(509) 838-2531
PO Box 3649 400 E 5th Ave
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1980

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Peter Terrance Capell, MD
(206) 598-4989
1959 NE Pacific St # 356426
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1968

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Nikoloz G Chitaia, MD
(253) 841-2471
1011 E Main Ste 302
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tbilisi State Med Inst, Tbilisi, Georgia
Graduation Year: 1994

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David C Liao, MD
(425) 259-4413
1330 Rockefeller Ave Ste 330
Everett, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1995

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Colleen Ruth Carey, MD
(509) 777-5000
910 W 5th Ave Ste 150
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1974

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Karl David Mc Cowen, MD
(253) 565-6777
1628 S Mildred St Ste 104
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1971

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Karl David McCowen, MD
(206) 565-6777
1628 S Mildred St Ste 104
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1971

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Donald Fred De Vries, MD
(253) 841-2471
1011 E Main Ste 302
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Nuclear Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Hospital & Reha, Puyallup, Wa
Group Practice: Puyallup Diabetes & Thyroid

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Donald Fred DeVries
(253) 841-2471
1011 E Main Ave
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Harvey K Chiu
(206) 543-0065
1959 Ne Pacific St
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Pediatric Endocrinology

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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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