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Sigh, I must be getting old when I think about the "old" days.

For me playing basketball, even in college, lifting weights were pretty revolutionary.

I remember when we (my nurse/wife)found my high school son, playing high level hockey, was taking creatine. A "natural" supplement?

Creatine is a natural substance that turns into creatine phosphate in the body. Creatine phosphate helps make a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP provides the energy for muscle contractions.

The body produces some of the creatine it uses. It also comes from protein-rich foods such as meat or fish.
Back in the 1970s, scientists discovered that taking creatine in supplement form might enhance physical performance. In the 1990s, athletes started to catch on, and creatine became a popular sports supplement. According to studies, 8% of adolescents take creatine. The supplement is particularly popular among high school, college, and professional athletes, especially football and hockey players, wrestlers, and gymnasts. An estimated 40% of college athletes and up to half of professional athletes say they use creatine supplements.
Researchers still don't know the long-term effects of taking creatine supplements, especially in young people. Adolescents who take creatine often do so without their doctor's advice, which can cause them to take more than the recommended dose.

Although most healthy people can take it with no problem, creatine can, in rare cases, have adverse effects, particularly when used in excess. Side effects can include:
Weight gain
Breathing difficulty
Kidney problems
Nausea, vomiting
Stomach upset

Certain drugs, including diabetes medications, acetaminophen, and diuretics, can have dangerous interactions with creatine. Taking the stimulants caffeine and ephedra with creatine can increase the risk of side effects.

Turns out our son was pretty responsible compared to others, but we still stopped it.

Then I remember that every day I take my fish oil tablet, fiber, multivitamin, lipitor, glucosamine/chondroitin, niacin, and baby aspirin. Sure I can differentiate between that and Lance. But it's a slippery slope in a supplement age IMO.

And then, I get on the bike, or walk the dog in Mercer County Park NJ, or hike to see the sunrise on Diamond Head in Oahu, and I realize that Lance's book "It's NOT About the Bike", even if more a work of fiction that his truth, is still true for us.

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