Type 2 Diabetes – Is This Vitaminlike Substance Helpful in Diabetes? – A vitaminlike substance, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), may be of value in the management of diabetes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It plays a very important role in the production of energy-releasing adenosine triphosphate in the mitochondria of your cells which is where energy is produced. They also contain the most CoQ10. Adenosine triphosphote, more commonly known as ATP, is the basic unit of energy essential for many biological processes within the body such as muscle contraction and protein synthesis.
Coenzyme Q10 also serves as an antioxidant, an important chemical substance that repairs the damage done by free radicals, the active very damaging chemical compound that destroys the integrity of cells and the production of DNA, the gene carriers in each cell.
CoQ10 is really helpful for anyone, not just people with Type 2 diabetes. Here are some of the most significant effects:
Coenzyme Q10 may improve:
1. The heart condition of people with diabetes. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that CoQ10 may play an important role in protecting the heart of patients with diabetes.
it improves the production of energy within the cardiac muscles
it can prevent blood clots from forming in the heart.
According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, people with diabetes are twice likely to develop heart disease compared to non-diabetics. Furthermore, Type 2 diabetics tend to develop this problem at an earlier age compares to those without this metabolic problem.
2. Cholesterol levels in diabetics. The University of Maryland states this anti-oxidant may also be of value in improving cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels are one of the most common complications of Type 2 diabetes and it is one of the major culprits in the development of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the blood vessel walls due to fatty plaque deposits.
3. Blood sugar control. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows it is possible for CoQ10 to bring about an improvement in the blood sugar control of people with Type 2 diabetes. However, the University of Maryland Medical Center points out caution must be observed… some studies reveal this type of supplementation may sometimes result in hypoglycemic episodes in some diabetics.
If you are a Type 2 diabetic and you are interested in taking this supplement, check with your doctor first to establish the best dose for you. CoQ10 is really helpful for people who experience leg cramps and muscle pain, often the result of the drug-mugging effect of statin cholesterol medications such as Advicor, Pravachol, Lipitor, and Zocor. These drugs block the production of cholesterol in the liver, but that is where CoQ10 is also made.
Diabetic medications, such as metformin, Actos, and Avandia, estrogen hormones, antidepressants and blood pressure medications also affect CoQ10 levels.