Bea Rose Santiago warns of kidney-damaging effect of ‘gym life’
Ms. International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago warned fans of the possible kidney-damaging effects of pre-workout supplements after she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
“Yes, [I’m] sick,” the 28-year-old revealed via Instagram Stories last Saturday, Aug. 4. “Since I damaged my kidneys when I was younger.”
“My kidneys are more sensitive than a normal late 20s healthy woman,” Santiago wrote. “I [can’t] over do things and I just found out.”
She then shared the story behind her finding out about her disease. “Came to the hospital for my severe migraines and we found something potentially more dangerous. [I’m] thankful but at the same time really scared.”
In another one of her Instagram Stories, the 28-year-old warned fans about the possible health risk associated with changing one’s diet or drink combined with working out.
“Guys if you take [pre-workout supplements/food/drinks] and et al [sic] plus heavy workout be careful!” cautioned Santiago. “Apparently there are many more like me! We damaged our kidneys because of our gym life!”
“Before you do or change your diet or drink something make sure you [don’t] have bad health history problems,” noted Miss International 2013. “Always ask your doctors!”
She also shared photos of her legs and arms after she was discharged from the hospital. “Coming out of the hospital after days on IV
Santiago also confirmed that she is suffering from chronic kidney disease in one of her Instagram Stories.
It seems the 28-year-old’s warning might carry weight for some, as there have been reported cases of kidney diseases associated with pre-workout supplements.
Creatine, an amino acid located in the body’s muscles, can be made synthetically and added to pre-workout supplements to give athletes short bursts of energy. While it is relatively safe to consume, the synthetic amino acid may cause kidney damage to people who currently have kidney disorders or are at risk for kidney disease. NVG
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