I am a teenager looking to get on creatine as I have heard very good things about it and how it helps with water retention and overall performance. I have been going to the gym regularly and I have been taking whey protein shakes. I stunbled across a protein shake I have not had before and saw it had creatine in it so I was wondering if it is ok for a type 1 diabetic to take creatine?
Creatine Studies in People with Diabetes
No studies have examined the effects of creatine loading on individuals with diabetes. However, you should be cautious in your use of this substance due to the additional stress placed on your kidneys caused by its excretion and the risk of dehydration. Given the added health risks, if you choose to supplement, your intake should not exceed 20 grams per day for a period of five days (loading phase) with a subsequent intake of no more than three grams per day (maintenance phase).
If you have an elevated creatinine clearance, microabuminuria or overt proteinuria, supplementing with creatine is not advised.
Do a search for 'creatine and diabetes'. Look for the listing: 'Using Caffeine and Creatine in Your Workout'. It explains what you want to know and about how much creatine you should take. I wrote an answer that may or may not be posted someday. I'm hoping this one will get posted.
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