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Is it safe for young athletes to use Creatine? What are the risks?

There has been a recent uptake of young athletes using supplements to enhance their performance in their sport. One of the most controversial of these supplements is Creatine. Creatine is a naturally occurring compound in the human body associated with muscle growth and enhancement. Many bodybuilders and athletes involved in powerlifting, football and wrestling in particular supplement Creatine to get bigger and stronger even faster than they would naturally. It is not considered a steroid, but it is still banned in many sports organizations due to being an artificial enhancement compound. However, Creatine has been cleared for adult use only. Here begins the danger.

In adolescents, Creatine usage especially without administration by a health professional, can cause a significant drop in blood glucose levels, elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rate, and impaired liver function. Even behavioral changes such as aggression, anorexia, and depression have been observed. The likeliness of these side affects happening once your body has reached the adult stage drops significantly, which is why most doctors will say wait until you are of 18 years old. Even then, don’t just buy Creatine online, go to a health professional. You always want to know exactly what you are putting into your body.

Works Cited:

“Creatine.” Creatine Safety. Mayo Clinic, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2015

 

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