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Another Reason to Love Coenzyme Q10 is for Blood Sugar Support

Researchers have discovered that Coenzyme Q10 supplementation improved lipid and blood sugar metabolism in people with type 2 diabetes. An estimated 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, including 26.9 percent of American adults age 65 and older. Diabetes is a major cause for heart disease and stroke. Previous research indicates that diabetic individuals have reduced coenzyme Q10 levels.

In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, investigators randomly assigned 64 subjects with type 2 diabetes to receive 200 mg coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. The investigators measured fasting plasma glucose, hemoglobin A1c (the marker of long-term blood sugar control) and lipids including total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

The investigators found that the people taking CoQ10 showed a decrease in serum hemoglobin A1c with no change found in the placebo group. The researchers did not find any effect of CoQ10 on fasting plasma glucose, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol. However, the data showed a favorable effect of CoQ10 on total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

The researchers concluded, “In this study, coenzyme Q10 treatment improved glycemic control, total and LDL cholesterol but these differences were associated with no favorable effects on triglycerides and HDL cholesterol.”

Reference:

Kolahdouz Mohammadi R, et al. Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 2013;2:231-6.

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