Role of bitter melon (karela) in diabetes

Be cautious

Some studies have shown that bitter melon is tolerated and assimilated well by the patients. But it has been shown to cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headache, or fever. Before taking bitter melon for diabetes to lower blood sugar levels consult your doctor. Do not stop your medication for diabetes without consulting you doctor. Extra caution is recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.

Consumption of bitter gourd as a vegetable or as juice regularly may alter your condition of diabetes and blood sugar level. This means you will need to change the dosage of drugs as you may not need as strong a dose as you used to. Be in touch with your physician to know how far your condition has improved. Pregnant women should be wary of taking too much of bitter gourd as it can stimulate uterus and cause preterm labour.

Source: onlymyhealth

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