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    Default Creatine and Hair loss

    Hey Guys, just wanted to weigh in on creatine. I took creatine for years as an athlete, focused on powerlifting. I was Norwood 3 when I started, I'm still 3. As I went into medicine and studied creatine, I was able to correlate the hype vs results. True, creatine helps improve your muscles ability to convert ADP to energy. I disagree that it will only " ad a rep to a set". Thats completely false. The US Olympic team in 1996 were ALL taking creatine, at least the kayakers were. I didnt notice any increase in hair loss, even when I bought the sublingual high concentration/ high bioavailability versions. I had to weigh the risks vs. the potential side effects. For me it was a minimal risk. The control group for the so called study " confirming" its harmful effects on MAA are spotty at best. Why? The study had a tiny control group, based on heavy anecdotal evidence, and I cant find any real peer review. Practitioners hate anecdotal evidence for good reason. But best of luck. I hope you achieve your goals, both hair and in the weight room. I was happy with the goals I met, 495 flat bench, 600 deadlift, 700 squat as a heavyweight. I was on supplements, yes. That did include creatine. The main thing I noticed was dehydration and some kidney damage, but it was hard to put that on creatine because I was on other products. However, as a medical professional, I have seen zero data that even mildly meets the terms of a scientific conclusion regarding creatine and increased hair loss. I like placebo introduced, double blind, peer reviewed controls in studies. I also like reputable sources for those studies. People can and will print everything, true or not. bottom line is creatine is over rated as a muscle builder. I do believe it increases a muscles endurance, which, in turn leads to strength gain. If its bigger muscles vs more hair, I would lose the creatine and start training hard with some meatheads. I regret taking the supplements btw. Those did lead to hair loss....

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    Is it healthy to take it so much? Just saying..

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlsachs View Post
    Is it healthy to take it so much? Just saying..
    There is not unheatlhy sides of the creatine load in your body, since it can syntetize most part of it, the old myths about people saying that you have to "cycle" your creating, or take dosages of less than 3g per day have been busted long ago.

    About the DHT level increase, there is a lot of crap above in the comments, it has been PROVED by not only a rugby study like someone said but for several studies already until the date, that yes, CREATINE increases the DHT levels, which if you are prone to loose hair in the future, it will accelerate the process.

    If you are looking to maintain your scalp hair I would likely recommed to stop using any kind of creatine source at all. Even if you reduce the amount of consumption it is still having an impact. Why risk the posible acceleration of you hair loss for just a little bit more of body recuperation and body volume tolerance (which is what actually creatine does, it allows you to tolerate a little bit more of volume in your workouts since it reduces fatigue symptons).

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    Hmmm, it is interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngster View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm currently 17 years old (18 this year) and I have a family prone to MPB (every male is around NW 5-7). I have been experiencing some thinning, and I'm very cautious regarding my hair loss as I want to retain my hair as long as possible. I currently use Nizoral 2% once a week and I'm planning on starting Rogaine this summer or winter, depending on how my hair loss progresses.

    To my question; I have a mass gainer supplement which I am taking 3 times a week in conjunction with my workouts. My dose contains around 2.3 g of creatine. Since there is a correlation between creatine and increased DHT, I was wondering if taking 2.3 g of creatine only 3 times a week is enough to considerably increase my DHT levels?
    And when I stop taking creatine, will the eventual decrease in DHT mean possible hair loss will be regrown?

    I'd appreciate any input on this
    Thanks
    CREATINE does NOT cause hair loss in the way that you will ever notice!

    Do you wanna know what causes more hair loss to you than creatine by 10x times more (it is proved).


    1) Exposure to sun for long hours or UV lights
    2) POLLUTION in any big city
    3) PASTA PIZZA BREAD CEREALS MILK CHEESES SUGAR AND FIZZY DRINKS, EVEN ONCE A WEEK!
    4) LACK OF VEGETABLES AND ANTI INFLAMMATORY PRODUCTS


    GUYS! I have STOPPED and working on REVERTING hair loss thanks to NO PRODUCT, or simply AVOIDING all products/food/environments that
    create INFLAMMATION (including any form of stress).

    What to do to reduce inflammation and grow hair again?

    adjust your diet and take anti inflammatory supplements in big quantities, that's it.
    Hair fall due to inflammation, not because of DHT.

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    I don't think that it's okay, too often) I suppose that we should use it only in such cases when you prepare for competitions or strong trainings.

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