Clinical Trial of the Effects of Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation on Biomarkers of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients

Melika Fallah, Gholamreza Askari, Alireza Soleimani, Awat Feizi, Zatollah Asemi


Background: The aim of the study was to determine the effects of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplementation on biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress among diabetic hemodialysis (HD) patients.

Methods: Sixty diabetic HD patients participated in the randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. They were randomly assigned into two groups to intake either 60 mg CoQ10 supplements (n = 30) or placebo (n = 30) twice a day for 12 weeks.

Results: After 12 weeks of intervention, CoQ10 supplementation signifcantly increased total antioxidant (TAC) (54.921 ± 26.437 vs. -126.781 ± 26.437, P < 0.001) and nitric oxide (NO) levels (4.121 ± 1.314 vs. -1.427 ± 1.314, P = 0.006) and decreased C-reactive protein (CRP) (-1.302 ± 0.583 vs. 0.345 ± 0.583, 0.042) levels compared with the placebo. We did not observe any signifcant effect of CoQ10 supplementation on malondialdehyde (MDA) and glutathione (GSH) levels compared with the placebo.

Conclusions: Overall, our study showed that CoQ10 supplementation to diabetic HD patients for 12 weeks was associated with increased levels of TAC and NO levels and decreased level of high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) levels, but did not have
any benefcial effects on MDA and GSH.

Keywords: Coenzyme Q10 supplementation, hemodialysis, inflammatory markers, oxidative stress

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