CoQ10 Levels – Another Example that Knowledge is Power

I have always believed it is better to know than not to know. In Medicine such a philosophy often translates into performing tests in order to acquire data. Novel blood tests represent a safe and effective way to better understand subtle perturbations in our patients. About eight months ago the Cleveland Heart Lab added CoQ10 levels to its offerings and since then I have monitored them in my patients. The results have been eye opening. Ironically, although a long-time advocate of appropriate supplementation (in 2002 I founded an ultra-conservative nutritional supplement company www.vitalremedymd.com) I have grossly under-appreciated the prevalence of low CoQ10. Yes, statins can lower these levels, but my contention had been that the absence of statin-related symptoms assured the adequacy of body stores of this nutrient. Quantifying my patients’ CoQ10 levels disproved my prior conviction as I have witnessed a surprisingly high number of asymptomatic people harboring low CoQ10 levels. And, understanding that low CoQ10 might be associated with larger heart attacks and lower levels of HDL, I now feel compelled to correct this problem through supplementation.

Although many years back I had formulated StatinGuard® to maintain normal CoQ10 levels, I had never recommended it to asymptomatic individuals, my aim being to always minimize the ingestion of anything superfluous (supplement or medicine). Since the revelation produced by utilizing the CoQ10 blood test, I’ve recommended StatinGuard far more frequently. A CoQ10 measurement is just one of many innovative windows now available for physicians to peer through in order to inspect the metabolism of individual patients. Each test holds its own distinctive place in the practice of patient-centric medicine. The lesson once again: it is always better to know than not to know.

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  1. Ann Shirley October 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    CoQ10 is a must-have supplement for any middle-aged adult. I like it because it keeps the heart healthy and protects against heart failure in addition to lowering cholesterol, reducing muscle pain, and giving me a boost of energy. coq10 are important for lowering cholesterol because statins tend to reduce coq10 levels which can be extremely dangerous. Rather than taking satins to reduce cholesterol, coq10 supplements are the better option since they improve cholesterol levels and coq10 levels simultaneously.

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