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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:25 am 
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Hi,

First of all , let me tell you that I am a Type-2 Diabetic since 5 years now. My age is 27 years now.

I am performing weight training since 1.5 years now. I love Bodybuilding and want to grow more...

I have a question... To boost my performance in GYM and build lean muscle mass, can I take Creatine Monohydrate? Currently I take Whey Protein pre and post workout...

Please advise... if creatine is not my option what can be an alternate for me...


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I am no expert here so I have no idea how Creatine affects diabetics. But even if you can't take Creatine being a diabetic, you can always just up your intake of meats and seafoods, the natural sources of Creatine. Since they don't have sugar I don't think that wouldn't be a problem for you. And gives ya extra protein too. There's lots of people on this site who don't use Creatine and still have good results. I have no idea what's best for you though you'll have to give it a try and see.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:28 am 
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Creatine has no effect on your blood sugar, so nothing to worry about.


If you have type 2 at 27, you should take a long hard look at your diet.


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Actually I have read that Creatine has an effect on Kidney. Also, Diabetics are prone to kidney probelms...

so that's why I am keen to know if there is any minimum dosage to take, that won't harm, being a diabetic...


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It's not that it has an effect on the kidneys, so much as it can be a problem for someone who already has damaged kidneys. It's like protein that way. So if you already have impaired kidney function, then you shouldn't take it, but you also shouldn't take whey either.

So if you your kidneys are at 100%, then you're in the clear.


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I fully agree with you IronMan...

I guess my kidneys are 100% okay till now... I am thinking of taking a kidney test... if that comes fine... should I go for Creatine then???

do you suggest/advise that?

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further, do you know someone, who is a diabetic and have taken or currently takes creatine in GYM...?


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You should get your blood work done every other year or so. So you might as well. You must have had blood levels done if you know you're a diabetic. Is that test out of date now? It seems a little paranoid, but you have to do it every so often anyway.


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I had pre-diabetes/metabolic disorder and I take it every day. I also know plenty of diabetics that eat lots of meat, which is loaded with protein and also has creatine.

I can't think of a type 2 that takes a creatine supplement, but that's because I can't think of a type 2 that is into bodybuilding. Now type 1 on the other hand, there are plenty of them.


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Yeah, I check my blood sugar once in a month ...

Last Sunday it was - 104 mg/dl fasting and 135 mg/dl post meal...


But I guess Kidney test should be different... I will consult from my doctor...


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I'm talking about the blood test you get at the doctors office. If you haven't done that, that is important for many reasons that have nothing to do with your kidneys.


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Yes, I do check my blood sugar in a month... I have my personal blood sugar checking machine...


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No not that. You need to get all your blood levels done at the doctor's office. Like in addition to glucose it does your full lipid profile and a bunch of other stuff too; including things that indicate what kind of condition your kidneys are in. So if you never went and had a nurse draw a few vials of blood, that is what you need to do.


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If you are under a doctor's care for diabetes, tests of kidney function have probably been done. I'd guess your doctor repeats the kidney test every 1-2 years. Ask him or her about it. If the tests haven't been done it will probably just require a little reminder to get them done. The best test for kidney damage in diabetics is a urine test for microalbuminuria.


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No... I guess... I didn't have these types of tests before...

I do, ofcourse, had HB1AC test 2 times...

Many thanks for lettting me know this...

I will surely do it this weekend...

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