Blood Sugar Specialist Three Rivers MI

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.

C M Virupanavar, MD
(269) 373-8035
Portage, MI
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Karnataka Inst Med Sci, Karnataka Univ, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1971

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Kenneth Alan Goldman, MD
(248) 855-7455
6900 Orchard Lake Rd Ste 201
West Bloomfield, MI
Specialties
Urology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: William Beaumont Hospital -Ro, Royal Oak, Mi; William Beaumont Hosp/Troy, Troy, Mi; Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, Mi

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Martin A Bermann, DO
313-576-1000 x3125
4646 John R St
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1986

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Douglas Neal Henry, MD
1500 E Medical Center Dr Dept Pde
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1986

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Michael Scott Mersol-Barg
(248) 593-6990
300 Park St
Birmingham, MI
Specialty
Reproductive Endocrinology

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Michael M Kaplan, MD
(248) 855-5620
6900 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI
Business
Associated Endocrinologists PC
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Martin Bishop Draznin, MD
(269) 337-6465
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1974

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Ralph Fred Knopf, MD
(313) 936-5034
Taubman Center 3920/0354
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1954

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Mohammad Ghaffarloo, MD
43391 Commons Dr
Clinton Township, MI
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Mundial Dominicana (Umd), Esc De Med (World Univ) (Closed 1991)
Graduation Year: 1985

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Fred W Whitehouse
(313) 916-2600
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
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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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