Message Number: SG334 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2002-07-16 23:20:59 UTC
Subject: Co-enzyme Q-10 and ferrets
Message-ID: <32384013.1026861659230.JavaMail.root@scandium>

Hi everyone,

As a dental hygienist, I've recently been researching an enzyme called Co-Q10 and how deficiencies can cause periodontal disease and all sorts of other health problems. This substance, also known as ubiquinone, is naturally synthesized in the human body and reaches peak levels around the age of 20. From there it declines, and deficiencies have been linked to cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol,obesity, etc. This substance is responsible for energy transfer between cells and is especially concentrated in the heart muscle.

I'm just wondering if deficiencies in humans can cause all these problems, is it possible that there could be a link between deficiencies in ferrets and cardiomyopathy, adrenal disease and insulinoma? Assuming that cellular energy transfer is similar in the two species. Makes me wonder.....Definitely food for thought...Any comments?

Dodie in NJ