Type 2 diabetes: Supplements containing this enzyme could help manage condition's symptoms

Supplementation with the co-enzyme Ubiquinone Q10 can “significantly improve” blood sugar control in Type 2 diabetics, as well as helping sufferers who take statins or have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to an article in The British Journal of Diabetes.

The study comes in the wake of figures showing diabetes as the fastest growing health crisis in the UK with the number of sufferers doubling to 3.7 million in the last 20 years with a further 12.3 million at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The co-enzyme Ubiquinone Q10 is a vitamin-like substance which plays a vital role in the body’s energy supply mechanism, acting alongside enzymes converting fats and sugars into energy.

Heart and skeletal muscles have the highest energy requirements of all tissues and are particularly reliant on adequate supplies of Q10 as a result.

Ubiquinone Q10 is also an antioxidant, protecting cells from the potentially damaging effects of toxic free radicals, but production of Ubiquinone Q10 in the body declines with age and Type 2 diabetics are often found to have lower levels of the substance.

The British Journal of Diabetes piece on Ubiquinone Q10 and diabetes pointed to a number of different clinical studies which showed how Type 2 diabetes sufferers who took Ubiquinone Q10 supplements of between 100mg and 200mg a day over a two to three-month period saw their conditions improve.

The results included:

  • Significantly improved long-term blood sugar and blood pressure control 1
  • Significantly reduced glycated haemoglobon (HbA1c) levels, thereby reducing the risk of developing diabetes-related complications 2
  • Significantly improved fasting plasma glucose levels (a blood sugar level several hours after eating)

Dr David Mantle, author of the study in The British Journal of Diabetes, said: “The body of evidence pointing to the potentially beneficial effects of Ubiquinone Q10 supplements for Type 2 diabetes sufferers is substantial.

“As the article outlines, controlled clinical trials have shown significant benefits in blood sugar control and vascular function for Type 2 diabetics who have taken Ubiquinone Q10 on a regular basis.

“Ubiquinone Q10 is also generally well tolerated with no serious adverse effects reported in long-term use and its safety has also been documented in over 200 randomised controlled trials in a wide range of disorders.

“Taken together, these results are certainly something worth considering by Type 2 diabetes sufferers and healthcare professionals involved in treating and managing the condition.”

Dr Mantle, who is also a medical adviser at Pharma Nord UK, said for Q10 supplementation to be effective, it needs to be absorbed by the body – what is known as bioavailability.

For this he recommends Pharma Nord’s Bio-Quinone Q10.

The NHS recommends that if you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you should eat healthily, take regular exercise and carry out regular blood test to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced.

As type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, medication may eventually be required, usually in the form of tablets.

If you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you should avoid eating this snack with your breakfast.

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