Yes, literally, and could save other children from a lifetime of ill health easily avoided. Genetic disorders effect millions of children, and there’s 29 currently screened for by simple blood test, but not the one this baby and others suffer from. Some children have been mistakenly diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (and likely other disorders) when in fact it was an easily treatable disorder known as GAMT deficiency or simply “creatine deficiency disorder.”
GAMT deficiency, which can be tested for easily, has some researchers pushing for newborn screening that would use the same blood test that screens for 29 recommended disorders. Without early intervention, brain damage can be permanent, so it must be caught early.
This recent story really brings home how this inexpensive non-toxic nutritional supplement could be a life saver for children with this easily testable genetic disorder:
A developmental pediatrician diagnosed John with cerebral palsy.
‘It kind of took our world and flipped it upside down,’ Melissa said.
Then, when John was 13-months-old, a second opinion changed everything. A team at Duke University Medical Center diagnosed him with a creatine deficiency, known as GAMT deficiency.
‘Creatine is essential to the body storing and retrieving energy for normal function of muscle and brain,’ said Dr. Dwight D. Koeberl, MD and associate professor at Duke University Medical Center’s Division of Pediatrics.
John’s body wasn’t making any. Within a few months of his diet and adding supplements, John began to walk and talk.”
A web site set up by the mother of the child who was saved by creatine, as a resource for other parents can be found HERE.
A more all encompassing term being used at the site linked above is, Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes (CCDS). CCDS “… are a group of inborn errors of creatine metabolism including AGAT, CTD, and GAMT. Symptoms may include: intellectual delays, expressive speech and language delay, autistic-like behavior, hyperactivity, seizures, projectile vomiting in infancy, failure to thrive, and movement disorders”
As anyone who my stuff is well aware, I have been a big proponent of creatine (as monohydrate ) for decades, and studies continue to grow showing a wide variety of potential health benefits and that directly impact various diseases in a positive manner. I don’t think there’s anyone who would not benefit in some way from this supplement at this point, but it’s especially important that infants get tested for CCDS as they are for other inborn errors of metabolism.
If you want more info on the various benefits of creatine, searching the BrinkZone will also bring up articles and vids HERE.
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