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Doctor insights on: Creatine Breakdown

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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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What can effect creatine levels?

What can effect creatine levels?

Renal disease: The commonest cause of persistent elevation of serum creatinine is renal failure. Dehydration and drug toxicity are other common causes. See this site for additional information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003475.htm. ...Read more

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Is a creatine level of 1.15 high?

Is a creatine level of 1.15 high?

No: At your age, this is something i would watch, but it could be caused by you not drinking enough water before getting your blood drawn. If everything else looked good on your labs, then make sure you drink a glass or two of water before going to the lab next time and see if it goes down. ...Read more

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How can I lower my creatine level?

How can I lower my creatine level?

Lots of water: If high cr is due to intrinsic kidney disease, there is no way to realistically change it and no benefit to trying. Creatinine is not the problem, the broken kidney is the problem. If you lose a lot of muscle mass your creatinine will drop and you may drink a lot of water but these do not fix the kidney. ...Read more

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Can creatine give bulk to the body?

Can creatine give bulk to the body?

Only with exercise: Research suggests that taking creatine before weight-lifting may improve muscle mass, but taking it without doing body building is unlikely to have any effect. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/creatine-000297.Htm. ...Read more

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How much creatine is healthy for you?

How much creatine is healthy for you?

Controversial!: Talk to your md before taking creatine or creatine supplements . Creatine use in high school and college athletes( esp. Football and track )has increased tremendously in the past 15 -20 years.Some studies suggest increase performance w/ creatine use in short, " burst" type activities such as sprinting.They are" legal" by ncaa ; but cannot be dispensed by the college.Side effects?Cramping/wt. Gain. ...Read more

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How can creatine be bad for your body?

How can creatine be bad for your body?

Use appropriately : Creating is naturally found in the body and is important in the process of supplying the energy for muscles to work.When used appropriately, can be helpful in refueling the muscle immediately after a work out.However, one of the side effects is drawing water into the muscle tissue and out of circulation basically causing a relative dehydration.Muscle cramping, stomach cramping and nausea can occur. ...Read more

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Is creatine safe for a middle aged man?

Yes: Contrary to the stories, there are no clinical studies showing creatine is harmful. If it was, the fda would be all over it like they were with ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). Creatine has been used for 20 years. ...Read more

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How much does creatine improve lifting?

Creatine: There have been studies showin increased muscle mass and strength with creatine. In doses of greater thatn 3 grams per day significant side effects have been described. Do not take more than this. Also creatine is brocken down to formaldehyde the same stuff used to embalm a body. Nobody knows what long term usage does. ...Read more

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What time should I take creatine powder?

What time should I take creatine powder?

Not known: Check company brochure & recommendation. Talk to your PCP and know your health before using it. Excessive of creatinine use and muscle mass will put a burden on Kidney. If you decide to take it, drink plenty of water (>3 liter/d), check kidney function and CPK regularly as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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