December 19, 2000, New York Times
Patterns: Creatine and Boys in Pursuit of Bulk
By JOHN O'NEIL
Fourteen percent of male high school athletes surveyed by Mayo Clinic
researchers admitted using creatine, a supplement that has become a source
of concern to the Food and Drug Administration.
Most of the creatine users were football players, who said they had heard
about creatine's supposed performance-enhancing powers from friends,
according to the survey, published this month in The Mayo Clinic
Most of them reported that they were not sure how much they were taking, or
described dosages that exceeded recommended levels. They reported side
effects that included diarrhea, cramps and loss of appetite.
The article said that despite a number of studies that had found creatine,
an amino acid, to be ineffective and anecdotal reports of complications
including dehydration and seizures, many college and professional athletes
considered it to be a safe alternative to anabolic steroids.
"Given the uncertainties regarding effects and side effects of creatine,"
doctors should seek to educate teenage patients about the supplement, it
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