Story highlights Medical experts advise that teens not use supplements such as creatine A researcher posed as a teen athlete was recommended creatine by 67% of stores (CNN)More than two-thirds of sales attendants in vitamin stores nationwide recommended using a popular sports supplement to a caller who claimed to be a teen athlete, going against expert medical opinion, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The supplement in question was creatine, a favorite of weight lifters, typically purchased in flavored powders and mixed with liquids. Because this naturally occurring compound is involved in the body’s energy production, many athletes believe it helps them develop muscles faster. Teen athletes less likely to abuse opioids, study finds The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend (PDF) that those younger than 18 do not use creatine. “It has been estimated that perhaps upwards of 30% of high school athletes are using Creatine,” said Dr. Ruth Milanaik, lead author of the study and a pediatrician at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. “In addition, the majority of teens using Creatine reported that they ‘did not read the package insert’ and either ‘didn’t… Read full this story
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