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Last updated June 12, 2017, originally published October
By L. Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
If you’ve ever sweated it out in a gym full of fitness
fanatics and bodybuilders, chances are you’ve been
pounding the treadmill or lifting weights next to someone
who takes creatine. But is creatine completely safe?
Certain reports have linked creatine with an increased risk
According to the American College of Sports Medicine,
creatine is a piping-hot product for fitness - around $400
million-worth of creatine flies off the shelves every year in
the United States. But if you suffer from asthma, should
you take the popular supplement creatine? Will creatine
make breathing problems more likely for you?
What Is Creatine?
Creatine is used to enhance athletic performance and
increase muscle mass. The supplement, discovered in
1832, is a nitrogenous organic acid that we have naturally
in our bodies. If you eat enough protein from meat and
fish, you will make enough creatine for good health.
Creatine helps transport energy to our muscles, hence its
use as a supplement in sport and fitness today. Many
studies have reported success for people using creatine as
a sport enhancer, particularly for activities that require
short bursts of energy. For endurance sports, there is no
scientific evidence that taking creatine provides additional
The University of Maryland Medical Center, recommends
exercisers take a start (or load) level of 5g of creatine,
four times a day, for one week.
Following this, the creatine maintenance dose could be
between 2g and 5g a day. Taking creatine with simple
carbohydrates can enhance its effect.
What Is the Link between Athletes and Asthma?
Asthma is a serious chronic condition causing inflammation
inside the airways and narrowing of the airways. Asthma
affects up to 7.9 percent of Americans, according to the
United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2009.
But, apparently, those who are athletics have a special risk.
Prevalence of asthma and allergies in top athletes is high.
According to a 2010 study from the Clinical Center of the
Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany there is an
increased risk of asthma diagnosis and treatment for
athletes involved in endurance sports compared to the
general population. That means runners, long-distance
swimmers, Iron Man participants and other endurance
athletes need to be checked thoroughly and regularly for
As creatine is a popular supplement for athletes, it has
been suggested that there is a link between creatine and
What Is the Link between Creatine and Asthma?
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute,
the exact cause of asthma is not known. Experts think
genetic and environmental factors, most probably early in
life, link together to cause asthma. These include an
inherited tendency to develop allergies, parents with
asthma and exposure to respiratory infections in infancy as
well as contact with allergens or exposure to viral
infections in early childhood.
While there may be many causes of asthma, there have
been reports linking creatine to an increased risk of
developing the condition.
Creatine may increase the chances of developing asthma in
people already susceptible to the disease. The main
evidence behind this hypothesis is research carried out in
Brazil. A 2007 study from the School of Medicine at the
University of São Paulo, Brazil, reported that creatine can
make the symptoms of asthma worse by generating
inflammation in the airways. In the study, creatine
worsened the lung allergic response in mice modeled to
suffer from chronic allergic lung inflammation. A follow-up
2010 study from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil found
that creatine activates airway epithelium in asthma – an
important inflammatory factor in the development of
Exercise Can Limit The Negative Effects of Creatine
But it seems that the link between creatine, exercise and
asthma is not clear. According to experts, when you take
part in aerobic exercise you actually decrease or eliminate
creatine’s purported negative effect on the airways.
A 2009 study from the University of Freiburg, Germany
reported that combining creatine with endurance training
reduced the negative effect of creatine on the lungs.
Exercise cuts the concentration of inflammatory cells in the
lungs, and reduces the thickness of the muscles in the
airways. If you’re taking creatine to increase your athletic
performance you’re likely to be taking part in aerobic
activity – so in theory creatine won’t increase your risk of
Does Creatine Cause Asthma?
The good news is -- probably not. Reports into the general
safety of creatine have turned up little to worry about. A
1998 study from the University of Washington School of
Medicine, Seattle showed short-term use (fewer than 28
days) of creatine at recommended dose did not cause
significant adverse effects.
No side effects were found when creatine was used at a
high dose (15g to 30g a day) for 10 months to five years,
according to a 2000 report into football players given at
the American College of Sports Medicine 2000 Annual
Evidence that creatine significantly affects the performance
of your airways is inconclusive. It may be that the
increased prevalence of asthma in endurance athletes is
not linked to any supplementation but could be due to
better medical surveillance and treatment of athletes who
rely on their body to help them perform. Put simply, many
athletes suffer from asthma and they also take creatine;
but whether creatine or exercise is responsible for asthma
attacks is unclear.
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