A new small open-label study on ubiquinol was recently published and shows some promise for those with diabetes. This study focused on type 2 diabetics receiving conventional medication, who also received an oral dose of 200 mg ubiquinol daily for 12 weeks. 5 healthy controls were also assigned to receive an oral dose of 200 mg ubiquinol daily for 4 weeks to examine the effects of ubiquinol on insulin secretion.
Researchers observed improvements in
glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), which measures blood glucose control over the last 90 days. In healthy volunteers, the insulinogenic index and the
ratio of proinsulin to insulin were also improved.
Taken together, these results suggest that ubiquinol may
improve glycemic control by improving insulin secretion without any adverse
As a general statement, diabetics should be taking CoQ10, but ubiquinol specifically. Diabetes is a very highly oxidative disorder, and having a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, like ubiquinol, would be a wise choice. There would be direct benefits to diabetes, like this study shows, but also improvements in many other areas that have been linked to diabetes and uncontrolled blood sugar.
Further, there are anecdotal reports that some oral diabetic medications such as chlorpropamide, glimepiride, glipizide,
glyburide, tolazamide, tolbutamide, and acetohexamide, can reduce the levels of
CoQ10. Since every cell requires an abundance of CoQ10 to produce cellular
energy--which is needed for everything a living cell does--a deficiency
would compromise beta-cells' ability to secrete insulin (which is why
this study found improved insulin secretion with ubiquinol
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Source: The reduced form of coenzyme Q10 improves glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: An open label pilot study
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