Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.
CoQ10 is an enzyme that occurs naturally in our bodies. Our cells use it for reproduction and maintenance, and it also serves as an antioxidant.
So, what does this have to do with you?
Many people with type 2 diabetes also have high cholesterol, which is often treated with a prescription statin. Statins can bring with them several side effects, the most common one being muscle pain. Turns out that taking statins can deplete your body of coQ10, which leads to the muscle pain. And depleted coQ10 can also put your heart in danger since the heart muscle relies heavily on this enzyme. But studies in mice have shown that supplementing with coQ10 can diminish muscle pain.
CoQ10 may also help with people who have diabetic neuropathy, whether they use statins or not. And, coQ10 may help stop the progression of the disease, not just relieve pain.
If these benefits don't convince you to try this supplement, two studies indicate that 100 mg of coQ10 twice daily may help control blood sugars by showing reduced A1c levels.
While not all doctors are convinced that taking this supplement will help, many seem to agree it won’t hurt. Remember: it’s not a drug; it's a supplement. And it doesn't replace your current medication or a healthy diet and regular exercise.
As always, consult your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement therapy.