Creatine; to use or not to use

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 12, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    I have a history of high blood pressure and now have hypertension and really worried about my health; however I use Creatine to get that extra boost in the gym.

    Eish, what to do icon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 12, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    If you're really worried about your health, you should see a doctor as soon as possible and stop taking the creatine until you feel comfortable that a competent medical professional has told you its alright for you.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 12, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    I have hypertension. Back around 1999, I used creatine daily. The result I saw, and yes I did see results, was water weight gain--NOT good for anyone--especially with high BP. My doctor prescribed bp meds that I still take and ordered me to quit the creatine at once. I never recommend it to anyone.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 12, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    consult your doctor first and ask

    I love creatine, been using it for 10 years, it is worth a try for you. Everyone reacts differently. For me I see great results with it. If the doctor gives you the okay then try it
  • xysx

    Posts: 306

    Jul 13, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    By all means, check with your physician, and explain thoroughly why you believe you may want the benefits of creatine. Remember that anything you put into your body, even over the counter items, have potential risks, no matter how benign that substance may be viewed. (eg. Tylenol overdoses are one of the leading forms of suicide means among teenage females).
    That being said: There are many different types of creatine, and not all people respond to each creatine type in the same way. For example, I tend to bloat with creatine monohydrate, but do not have the same GI water retention and side effects with other types of creatine. Do some research online. Educate yourself, as you may have to educate your physician so you can both be on the same page. One type of creatine that may be of greater benefit to you is creatine ethyl ester (CEE) as it perportedly has better absorption, (ie, minimal water retention) compared to cr. monohydrate. It is, however, generally more expensive, and as most studies have been done using cr. monohydrate, you may have to gauge your own individual response to it's degree of usefullness.
    As others have stated, though, check with your doctor, as the risks may outweigh the benefits.