Is Creatine Safe After Kidney Donation?

Question: Dr. A, I donated a kidney around 10 years ago, and I wanted to know if it's OK for me to take Creatine Monohydrate. I know it's an effective supplement, but I'm concerned about how it may affect me.

As good of a supplement as Creatine Monohydrate is, I'd recommend against it for you. You have to be extra careful with your kidney filtration rates, and although Creatine does have a great safety profile for most people, it's metabolic byproduct (Creatinine) does require extra functioning by the kidneys. With your GFR capacity (potentially) being lower, I don't think it's worth the risk.

Here are:

  • High-quality fish oil
  • Full spectrum multi
  • Vitamin D3
  • Turmeric/Curcumin
  • Quality probiotic

For muscle building, I'd look into some of these other supplements:

NOTE: I'd also avoid DHEA, as it can also negatively impact renal function:

Overall, for you, let's always play our supplementation strategy the safe way.

The good news is that a proper meal plan + workout + sleep is about 100x as effective as any supplement.

-Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project

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