New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie, who grew up in a working-class Irish family, has an unusual take on the world’s most common brain disease.
He’s a former sports scientist and now a self-proclaimed creatine advocate.
He’s also a regular contributor to ESPN The Magazine, the online publication of ESPN.com, and has been named a member of the Forbes 400, which ranks the world the richest and most powerful people.
While many experts believe that creatine supplements are safe, the New York City-based athlete says he’s concerned that there’s no way to know whether creatine is safe if it’s injected into your body.
“I feel like I need to know, ‘Am I getting this safely?
Are I getting a dose that I need?’
I don’t want to get that dose,” he told The Times.
“I don’t know if it’ll do any good, but if I take a dose of creatine, is it really going to have any effect?”
While there’s little evidence to back up the theory that creatine is a good supplement for people with Parkinson’s, the idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.
The Mayo Clinic has said it’s studying the benefits of creatine for people who have the disease and that more research is needed.
Abercrombe says that he’s optimistic that people will come to see the benefits in the long run.
“If you are taking it for Parkinson’s and you know what’s going on, and you’re able to do what you want to do, I think that’s a pretty good thing,” he said.
“That’s a real step in the right direction.
The research is starting to show that.”
Aberce said that if he did not have Parkinson’s at the age of 50, he would still be in the workforce today.
“We’re not going to die, but we’re going to live longer,” he added.
In fact, the Mayo Clinic says it would take up to 10 years before a person could be completely cured of Parkinson.
Aberccombie said that the most likely outcome is that some people who are currently taking creatine will continue to take it for a while and that the benefits will slowly wear off.
“It’s hard to say if it will be worth it to keep taking it,” he warned.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it just becomes a habit.”