Over the past few months, researchers have been examining the effects of cycling on sexual health issues such as infertility, erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer. A recent KVUE Austin news show aired a report on the issue, asking both cyclists and doctors about the findings. Check out the above video for the full story.
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All it takes is one drive through Austin to see how popular cycling is, and the health benefits have been studied for years. But can cycling actually lead to prostate cancer in older men? A new study says “yes”; it’s tonight’s HealthVUE.
On the bike trails in South Austin, you’ll find cyclists of all ages enjoying some exercise on two wheels.
It’s less stressful on all the bones and things.
Sixty-year-old Steven Connor underwent a kidney transplant a few years ago. He likes cycling because it’s allowed him to ease back into a regular exercise routine. He’d not heard of the recent study by London researchers that says cycling poses an increased risk of prostate cancer in men over 50.
Are you surprised in any way? I am surprised.
I wouldn’t really call it shocked; I raised my eyebrow a little bit. Dr. Peter Ruff of Urology Austin says it’s no secret increased inflammation of the prostate can lead to serious problems. The prostate gland lives just beneath the skin when you’re sitting on the bicycle saddle, so it’s really close, and it’s easy to become inflamed with any sort of trauma where you’re bouncing up and down on your seat.
Ruff says that he does not recommend cyclists over 50 give up the form of exercise they love based on the study’s findings. However, he hope it serves as another tool to open dialogue between doctor and patient. He says prostate cancer is still one of the deadliest cancer in the United States.
There’s been a lot of scrutiny about who should we screen, who should we not screen, should we screen at all. This is just another piece of the puzzle, maybe another high risk group to look into for the future.
Back at the bike trail, 60-year-old Tom Roland agrees. Cyclists and any man over 50 should be screened regularly. Still, he’s not ready to put up the bike based on a study peddling the statistics.
I know a lot of cyclists my age, and I think of one who had prostate cancer, but there’s a lot of other people who don’t.
Now the study set out to find out what effect cycling had on male infertility, erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer. It found cycling only had an effect on prostate cancer, but Dr. Ruff said other studies show that cycling does impact male infertility and erectile dysfunction, so he suggests all data be used as a tool, and not the Gospel truth.