David came to my clinic at the urging of his son, Bill. When I first met him, David was 78 and not doing well at all. The first thing I noticed about David was how frail he was. By the time he walked into my office from the waiting room, he was out of breath and practically fell into the chair I offered him.
As we talked, I learned that David was suffering from congestive heart failure, and his kidney and lungs were failing, too. But David is one of those people who can maintain good spirits, even in the face of his serious health concerns.
“I’m not planning on running a marathon any time soon,” he joked. “But it would be nice if I could walk to the bathroom without gasping for air and feeling so exhausted that I need to lie down.”
Obviously, David’s condition required some serious medication. But the one thing I noticed he was not taking was CoQ10. For an individual with his health concerns, this seemed like a supplement that could do him a tremendous amount of good.
At first, David was reluctant to start taking yet another pill. But the results of his blood test showed that he was woefully low in this nutrient, so he agreed to try 150 mg twice daily.
“I hope this does something, Doctor,” David announced on his way out the door, “because the last thing I need is one more bottle of pills on the kitchen counter.”
A few days later, David called to report that just a few doses of CoQ10 had made a huge difference in his energy levels.
“It’s so much easier for me to do things now,” he said. “I even made it out to the garden yesterday to feed the birds, and I haven’t done that in months.”
The last time I heard from David, he was working on a birdhouse for the backyard and taking regular walks around the block a couple of times each day. We always joke about him signing up for a marathon one of these days, but in the meantime, given his circumstances, David is the first to admit that he’s doing far better with CoQ10 than he was without it.