CoQ10 may improve blood sugar control
by Newsletter Editor
Coenzyme Q10 helps the body produce energy at the cellular level, and doctors said those with diabetes have low CoQ10 levels. In this study, 64 adults with type 2 diabetes took 200 mg of CoQ10 per day or a placebo.
Doctors test long-term blood sugar levels by measuring a form of hemoglobin, a molecule in red blood cells that reflects how much glucose is in the bloodstream. The normal range is between 4 and 5.6 percent. Levels between 5.7 and 6.4 percent raise chances for developing diabetes, and levels 6.5 percent or higher indicate diabetes.
After 12 weeks, while there was no change for placebo, long-term average blood sugar levels decreased significantly in the CoQ10 group, from 8.6 percent to 8.0 percent. Doctors also saw a trend toward lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels for the CoQ10 group.
Reference: Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol.2013 Jun;59(2):231-6