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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2328-2345; doi:10.3390/ijerph110202328

Potential for Improved Glycemic Control with Dietary Momordica charantia in Patients with Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes

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East Carolina Heart Institute and the Center for Health Disparities, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
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Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402, USA
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Department of General Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA
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Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
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East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute (ECDOI) at East Carolina University, 115 Heart Drive, East Carolina Heart Institute, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 23 December 2013 / Revised: 2 February 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue IJERPH: 10th Anniversary)
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Abstract

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) is a widely used traditional remedy for hyperglycemia. While the medicinal properties of this plant have been studied extensively using in vitro and animal models, the clinical efficacy and safety in humans is largely unknown. This review discusses the benefits and limitations of bitter melon supplementation in the context of epidemic levels of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes throughout the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: Momordica charantia; bitter melon; insulin resistance; pre-diabetes; glycemic control Momordica charantia; bitter melon; insulin resistance; pre-diabetes; glycemic control
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Efird, J.T.; Choi, Y.M.; Davies, S.W.; Mehra, S.; Anderson, E.J.; Katunga, L.A. Potential for Improved Glycemic Control with Dietary Momordica charantia in Patients with Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 2328-2345.

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