I would like to provide everyone with some "food for thought."
Do not take this as medical advice, but rather as providing you
with the right to receive information.
It appears that the general audience, with some exceptions, is
a generation under the age of thirty-five. I would say perhaps
high school athletes or young adults. I am amazed at some of the
responses and the opinions on the use of creatine, but what I
do not "hear" anyone mention is the possible conflicts
of its use due to medical history.
Let's evaluate this in a new light and consider ALL the risks
in taking this supplement. Hopefully this can assist everyone
with making an educated decision on the consumption of creatine
and the risks of Renal Insufficiency- KIDNEY FAILURE.
Consider your family history as potential danger inhibitors like
DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE/HYPERTENSION, REFLUX NEPHROPATHY,
& KIDNEY STONES. Does anyone in your family, especially your
parents, ever been diagnosed with any of these conditions? Have
If you answered, "YES," well, you just added more risk
Diabetes, especially Type II, and Hypertension are more common
in people and can have a role in kidney failure, (Chronic Renal
Insufficiency). CRI is slowly progressive and typically occurs
over a number of years. Since many conditions share common symptoms,
you may miss the real problem. Chronic Renal Failure does not
have a cure. It will progress to end-stage renal disease. At this
level, dialysis or a kidney transplant is your only "cure".
People can go years without detecting renal failure. If you continue
to consume Creatine unsuspectingly throughout those years, you
just enhanced the dangers to your health.
Some symptoms of CRI are unexplained vomiting, nausea, constant
fatigue, abrupt weight loss, discolored/white nail tips, &
itchy skin while ill effects/symptoms of creatine use include
kidney stones, gas and bloating, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea,
muscle cramping, and unknown effects on the heart.
If you are considering taking creatine, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE MEDICAL CONDITIONS PREVIOUSLY STATED, ESPECIALLY
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE!
Listen, if you see someone drowning, do you throw that person
a line or toss him or her an anchor? Here's the LIFELINE -- grab
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