* *ADVISORY* *In animal studies, bitter melon has been noted to lower serum insulin and glucose levels, decrease fertility, induce abortions, and decrease sperm production. Can cause uterine contractions and possibly abortion. It should not, therefore, be taken by any woman who is pregnant, may be pregnant, or is hoping to become pregnant. Based on two reports of hypoglycemic coma in children who drank bitter melon tea, it should be avoided in children. Caution if hypoglycemic. Seeds and rind are toxic. Do not use if you have a melon allergy.
CONCLUSION:We do not recommend the use of bitter melon. There is insufficient evidence to support its use for lowering blood sugars, and there is concerning information about its use in the general population. Bitter melon is not a safe choice, especially in light of the many other proven and useful things people can do to treat diabetes.
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