Authors as Published

Young Ju, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech; and Morgan Kim, Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Due to the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes especially, it is crucial that treatment methods for this disease are explored across every health discipline. Bitter melon is one of the vegetables known to have glucose-lowering (or hypoglycemic) activity, and it has been used in various parts of the world to treat diabetes. Bitter melon is a vegetable containing hypoglycemic components. Research findings in cell culture models and animal models support that bitter melon can control blood sugar like a hypoglycemic agent. But additional clinical trials should be completed before fully accepting bitter melon as a method of alternative treatment for type 2 diabetes.

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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

May 17, 2018