Ford Brewer, MD, MPH, discusses the benefits of Gymnema sylvestre for diabetes, how it works, and its chemical composition.

Gymnema sylvestre: Sugar Destroyer & Sweetness Blocker? (Part 1)

September 2019

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ABOUT THIS VIDEO: This is the first video in a 2-part series on Gymnema sylvestre. It's been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for glucose control. We go into a little of this herb's history, uses, background, description, and safety/side effects. 

The herb seems to block sugar & sweet receptors on the tongue, in the gut, and maybe even in the bloodstream,  suggesting an application for weight loss and diabetes. But is it safe? Is it effective?

Dr. Brewer started as an Emergency Doctor. After seeing too many preventable heart attacks, he went to Johns Hopkins to learn Preventive Medicine. While there, he went on the run the post-graduate training program (residency) in Preventive Medicine. From there, he made a career of practicing and managing preventive medicine and primary care clinics.  His later role in this area was Chief Medical Officer for Premise, which has close to 1,000 primary care/prevention clinics. He was also the Chief Medical Officer for MDLIVE, the second largest telemedicine company. More recently, he founded PrevMed, a heart attack, and stroke prevention clinic.

At PrevMed, we focus on heart attack, stroke, and cognitive decline. We serve patients who have already experienced an event as well as those who have not developed a diagnosis or event. Dr. Brewer provides services via telemedicine or in person if you're in the Lexington, KY area. We find a lot of undiagnosed Pre-Diabetes or Insulin Resistance. Treating unrecognized risk factors like Pre-Diabetes allows reduction of risk and prevention of disease.

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