Beat Back Diabetes with One Simple Supplement: CoQ10
Diabetes is an ever-growing problem. Today, about one in every ten American adults has type II diabetes—and the number grows to one out of every four seniors 65+. The odds are very good that it affects you, or someone close to you. And diabetes isn’t a condition that is well-handled, or easily treated on a chronic basis. It killed about 1.5 million people in 2012, and that number keeps going up. By 2030, it’s projected to top 3 million deaths a year.
Diabetes is such a serious health risk, that you owe it to yourself, and those close to you, to do everything you can to fight it. Which includes, in the case of type II diabetes, stopping it from ever taking root.
However, one out of every three people is pre-diabetic—and yet 90% of pre-diabetics have no idea! Even with all the press that diabetes gets, most people don’t see themselves as at risk.
Part of the reason why it goes so unrecognized is because type II diabetes can be set off by more than one trigger. It’s not just about eating sugar or carrying too much weight. In fact, one little-discussed enzyme might hold the secret to many cases of diabetes—yet few people are aware of the connection. Or that there’s a simple, easy way to fix this problem.
What is CoQ10?—The Enzyme Responsible For Your Energy
In case it’s been awhile since your last biology 101 class, let me give you a quick reminder of how cells create energy.
You probably remember mitochondria—often called the power plants of animal cells. Mitochondria are where the chemical reactions take place that turn sugar into energy.
What you might not know—and what’s rarely discussed in biology classes—is that Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is one of the most essential chemicals in this process.
CoQ10 is created naturally by the body. But its production can be adversely affected by environmental factors, and it goes down in everyone with age. Consequently, most Americans are chronically low on CoQ10.
Effects of CoQ10 Deficiency
If you’re one of the many Americans low on CoQ10, energy production grinds to a halt. You wind up with more sugar hanging around in your cells, and in your blood. And that can lead to high glucose levels, insulin resistance, and a number of other conditions we associate with diabetes.
In fact, a lack of CoQ10 can directly cause diabetes. It’s rare, but some people have a genetic disorder that interferes with CoQ10 production, which often results in diabetes.
But you don’t need that genetic disorder to have low CoQ10. Cholesterol-lowering statins interfere with the production of CoQ10. There are everyday toxins we come in contact with that might have an effect as well.
The long and the short of it is, plenty of people are walking around with shortages of CoQ10—and they have no idea.
CoQ10 and Diabetes
A recent study has confirmed what many medical experts have suspected for a while, that CoQ10 is a great way to combat diabetes.
Specifically, if you already have diabetes, CoQ10 reduces your blood-sugar level. That’s a huge chunk of the battle.
And even if you don’t have diabetes, CoQ10 helps your body deal with sugar more efficiently, and lowers your insulin levels.
This doesn’t mean CoQ10 by itself is a cure for diabetes. But it certainly can help you treat the disease—and, in some cases, can actually help reverse some of its worst symptoms.
And, even better, regular use of CoQ10 can help beat back the possibility of developing diabetes, even in healthy adults.
To be clear—nothing will best a good diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, which avoids added sugar everywhere possible.
But CoQ10 is a powerful tool to aid in the fight.
How Much CoQ10 should I Take?
The first thing you should do is find out if you are deficient in CoQ10. You can do this by asking your doctor for a CoQ10 test.
If you take statins, you should be wary anyway. Statins have widely been shown to reduce CoQ10—which is likely linked to the weight gain, rises in blood sugar, and increased diabetes risk that many people experience on statins.
Simply put, if you aren’t properly processing sugar, it’s going to wind up in your blood, turning into fat, and turning your insulin system into overdrive. That’s not what you want.
But even if you aren’t on statins, you can have low CoQ10. It’s always worth checking out—especially if you have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic.
If your CoQ10 is low, simply take it as a supplement. For most people, a good starting point is 100 mg a day. If you are fighting diabetes, you may want to take more—300 mg.
In both cases, taking CoQ10 with vitamin E increases uptake. Vitamin E comes in eight different flavors, called tocopherols. So you want to find a supplement that provides the entire vitamin E complex. 100 UI daily is what you need to get the full benefits. Remember, it’s possible to overdo vitamin E, so never exceed 800 UI in a day.
It will help make your CoQ10 more effective. CoQ10 is one of the most important ingredients in processing sugar, yet most people have never even heard of it—let alone thought of taking it. Certainly not in connection with diabetes. But that’s where it can do the most good.
Studies show that your body often deals with it best if it’s taken at night. And, since it can sometimes irritate the stomach, you should take it with food.
CoQ10 isn’t a miracle drug. But, when it comes to diabetes—and dealing with blood sugar in general—it’s the closest thing we’ve got. And, with almost no side effects, it’s a supplement that can deliver energetic benefits to all.
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Last Updated: May 4, 2021
Originally Published: March 20, 2017