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Doctor insights on: Alternative To Creatine

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My 17 year old son has asthma. He wants to take creatine mega supplements. Is this healthy for him & what alternatives are out there?

My 17 year old son has asthma. He wants to take creatine mega supplements. Is this healthy for him & what alternatives are out there?

Won't hurt asthma: Although creatine will not affect his asthma, the real question is whether it will help him get stronger or build endurance. The studies are mixed as to whether or not it will help. Whatever you choose, take creatine with plenty of water as it is cleared by the kidneys, and you certainly don't want to put any strain on the kidneys! ...Read more

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Best form of creatine?

Best form of creatine?

No endorsement: Unfortunately the doctors here do not do product endorsement. Medicine has little to say about protein supplements in general. I am not sure why a healthy young man would need any supplements. Eating a balanced diet high in proteins is best at your age. ...Read more

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Can creatine be bad for you?

Can creatine be bad for you?

Maybe...: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20150416/muscle-building-supplements-cancer

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How much creatine is to much?

How much creatine is to much?

Huh?: Unsure what you mean? Creatine is a supplement used for muscle building during exercise. Everyone is different regarding the safety of this supplement. It can affect your kidneys so speak with your doctor to make sure if ok for you. ...Read more

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Is a creatine of 77mg normal?

Is a creatine of 77mg normal?

Nonsense: Serum creatinine in the US is measured in mgs%. In England and other countries it is measured in micromoles%. Normal serum creatinine is 0.6-1.2 mgs%. The value of 77 mg does not make sense. Is this a measurement from urine or serum? If it is a urinary collection is it timed ie 24 hour collection or spot collection. ...Read more

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What could creatine do for you?

What could creatine do for you?

Creatine.: Creatine in doses of 1000 to 5000mg daily has been shown to increase muscle mass, muscle size and muscle energy stores. Creatine must be taken with lots of water throughout the day, and doses must not exceed 5000mg daily to avoid impairment of kidney function. The dose can be taken all at once, preferably after exercise to facilitate ATP store replenishment in the muscles after exercise. ...Read more

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