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.
- High-quality fish oil
- Full spectrum multi
- Vitamin D3
- 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: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21349280
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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