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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Creatine Use and Kidney Cyst

2014-08-06 09:18

Creatine Use and Kidney CystCreatine is a nitrogenous organic acid produced in the liver that helps supply energy to cells all over the body—particularly muscle cells. Therefore, Creatine supplements are popular among body builders and competitive athletes. Is creatine use safe for people with kidney cyst? Let’s take a look at the relationship between creatine and kidneys.

How does creatine affect your kidney?

As mentioned above, creatine is produced in the liver and will break down into creatinine, which is discharged by the kidneys. Healthy kidneys can filter this kind of waste adequately. As long as you take creatine properly, it cause no harm on your body.

However, if the cyst is too large and cause kidney function loss, creatine use will be harmful. Since the damaged kidneys cannot discharge creatinine adequately, taking creatine supplements will produce more waste and burden the kidneys. Therefore, further damage will be caused.

Can people with kidney cyst be affected by creatine use?

When the kidney cyst becomes large (normally more than 3cm), it will compress the renal tissues, causing ischemia and anoxia of the kidneys. In other words, the kidney is lack of blood and oxygen supply. As a result, renal tissue starts to fibrosis and lose parts of the function. With more damage loss, the cyst will grow more fast. That is is to say, creatine use will accelerate the growth of renal cysts.


Except creatine use, there are some other supplements that you should take carefully, for instance, supplements of vitamin, calcium, potassium and phosphorous.

In addition, a regular test and proper treatment to shrink the renal cyst are both necessary. If you are diagnosed with kidney cyst, you can contact with us for suggestion of diet, exercise or medication, etc. We will be very glad to answer you any questions you may have.

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