Back to Alternative Medicine Main Page Complementary and Alternative Medicine


CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance with a structure similar to Vitamin K. In diabetes it is theorized that using CoQ10 may enhance activity of certain enzymes and may stimulate insulin secretion. It has been studied for a variety of cardiovascular disorders. It may produce GI upset, insomnia, and rare increases in liver enzymes. There are a variety of drug interactions including decreased bleeding time with warfarin use, possible attenuation of the antihypertensive effect of beta blockers and decreased endogenous CoQ10 with statin use. On the other hand, CoQ10 may lessen the toxicity of the chemotherapeutic agent, doxorubicin. In studies involving both type 1 and 2 diabetes, CoQ10 has shown variable effects on diabetes endpoints.

Go To Nicotinamide ...

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Pages:
Main | Concerns | Gymnema Sylvestre | Fenugreek | Bitter Melon | Ginseng | Nopal | Aloe, Bilberry, and Milk Thistle | Chromium | Vanadium | CoQ10 | Nicotinamide | Alpha Lipoic Acid | Gamma Linolenic Acid | Ginkgo Biloba | Garlic | Advice | Additional Reading | References

Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM
November 24, 2001

  Back to Alternative Medicine Main Page Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.