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26 May 2004

My son is 17 years old, healthy and works out regularly. He wants to put on weight and I believe this can be done through adding protein to one's diet. Could you please advise on this as well as on the advantages/disadvantages of taking creatin at this age. thank you.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Reader
Gaining weight is just as problematic as trying to lose it. Basically individuals who struggle to gain weight do not ingest sufficient energy for the high demands of their Basic metabolic rate and/or physical activity. I have written some articles on this subject. For basic information click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles. Fresenius Kabi have a supplement called Fresubin (with or without fibre) that can assist with this problem. Phone Magda on (011) 203-2000 or 083-603-2231 and ask her about this and other Nutritional Supplements. Don't let your son eat so much protein that he damages his kidneys, let him rather eat a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients he needs. Doing strength training and working with weighs will develop his muscles, but this takes time. I am a bit hesitant about teenagers taking creatine before they have stopped growing.
Good luck
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