The aging patient

Jimmy

Jimmy

*Not an actual patient
Male, age 73

Presentation

  • Patient is in your office for his annual exam
  • Jimmy is a money manager, recently retired
  • Married, with 2 grown kids
  • Average weight
  • Nonsmoker who drinks 3 times a week and runs a mile daily with his dog
  • Has tried different diets in the past 2 years--vegetarian, paleo, and ketogenic--but abandoned them

History

  • One knee replacement and one shoulder replacement; will probably need his other knee replaced soon
  • Had the flu this past winter, was in bed for a week

Current Treatment

  • NSAID in the morning for joint pain
  • Takes a multivitamin, omega-3 fish oil, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) daily
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Jimmy asks, "What else can I do for my health as I get older?"
Jimmy Dialog
For the aging patient, consider Ubiquinol

Possible Recommendations:

  • Continue regular daily exercise
  • Choose a healthy diet that can be maintained over time
  • Consider Ubiquinol to promote healthy aging
    • Older patients already taking CoQ10 may want to consider switching to Ubiquinol

Ubiquinol plays a critical role in creating cellular energy for organs and muscles, including the brain and the heart1

  • More than 90% of CoQ10 in the blood of a healthy young adult is in the active Ubiquinol form2-4
  • However, after 40, a patient's ability to turn conventional oxidized CoQ10 into Ubiquinol diminishes and becomes less efficient5,6
  • Only Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10, acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from the oxidative stress caused by free radicals7,8
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Jimmy: "Isn't Ubiquinol the same thing as the CoQ10 I already take?"

The body needs to convert oxidized CoQ10 into Ubiquinol before it can be used to create cellular energy9

References

  1. Becker WM, Deamer DW. The World of the Cell, 2nd ed. Redwood City, CA: Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company, Inc; 1991:275-313.
  2. Yamamoto Y, Yamashita S. Simultaneous detection of ubiquinol and ubiquinone in human plasma as a marker of oxidative stress. Anal Biochem. 1997;250(1):66-73.
  3. Hosoe K, Kitano M, Kishida H, et al. Study on safety and bioavailability of ubiquinol (Kaneka QH) after single and 4-week multiple oral administration to healthy volunteers. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2007;47(1):19-28.
  4. Tomasetti M, Alleva R, Borghi B, Collins AR. In vivo supplementation with coenzyme Q10 enhances the recovery of human lymphocytes from oxidative DNA damage. FASEB J. 2001;15(8):1425-1427.
  5. Wada H, Goto H, Hagiwara S-I, Yamamoto Y. Redox status of coenzyme Q10 is associated with chronological age. JAGS. 2007;55(7):1141-1142.
  6. Niklowitz P, Onur S, Fisher A, et al. Coenzyme Q10 serum concentration and redox status in European adults: influence of age, sex, and lipoprotein concentration. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2016;58(3):240-245.
  7. Forsmark-Andrée P, Ernster L. Evidence for a protective effect of endogenous ubiquinol against oxidative damage to mitochondrial protein and DNA during lipid peroxidation. Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15(suppl 1):S73-S81.
  8. Ernster L, Forsmark-Andrée P. Ubiquinol: an endogenous antioxidant in aerobic organisms. Clin Investig. 1993;71(suppl 8):S60-S65.
  9. Mohr D, Bowry VW, Stocker R. Dietary supplementation with coenzyme Q10 results in increased levels of ubiquinol-10 within circulating lipoproteins and increased resistance of human low-density lipoprotein to the initiation of lipid peroxidation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1992;1126(3):247-254.
  10. Langsjoen PH, Langsjoen AM. Comparison study of plasma coenzyme Q10 levels in healthy subjects supplemented with ubiquinol versus ubiquinone. Clin Pharmacol Drug Dev. 2013;3(1):13-17.
  11. Miles MV, Horn P, Milesc L, et al. Bioequivalence of coenzyme Q10 from over-the-counter supplements. Nutr Res. 2002:22(8):919-929.
  12. Evans M, Baisley J, Barss S, Guthrie N. A randomized, double-blind trial on the bioavailability of two CoQ10 formulations. J Funct Foods. 2009;1:65-73.
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