Blood Sugar Specialist Renton 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.

Ramona Pungan
(425) 656-4040
723 Sw 10th Street
Renton, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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John Hurst Ball Jr, MD
4509 Talbot Rd S Ste 103
Renton, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1964

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John H Ball
(425) 235-1950
4509 Talbot Rd S
Renton, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Stewart Arthur Metz, MD
(608) 263-7740
4613 121st Ave SE
Bellevue, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1972

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Harvey Kenn Chiu, MD
(206) 768-5213
1660 South Columbia Way Endo 111
Seattle, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1996

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Nancy Lee Purcell, MD
(253) 854-2883
10006 SE 192nd St
Renton, WA
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Valley Med Ctr, Renton, Wa

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Allen Michael Sussman, MD
(425) 656-4040
4033 Talbot Rd S Ste 500
Renton, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1974

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F Javier Correa, MD
(425) 455-3206
19625 134th Ct SE
Renton, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Edward Albert Benson, MD
(206) 722-0691
3818 Cascadia Ave S
Seattle, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1975

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Nalini Singh, MD
(206) 277-4519
Mail Code S-111 Endo 1660 S Columbian Way
Seattle, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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