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Can Bike Riding Up Prostate Cancer Risk?
Date:7/18/2014

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HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study fuels the ongoing debate over the health risks of bicycle riding for men: Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction.

The findings aren't definitive, and they conflict with previous research on impotence and infertility. Other experts pointed to the study's weaknesses, and lead author Dr. Milo Hollingworth, a research associate at University College London, acknowledged that the findings are "difficult to interpret."

"Men shouldn't worry about increasing their risk of prostate cancer by cycling," he stressed. "Men should cycle as much as they did before. The benefits for your heart, lungs, whole body and mental health are much more important."

Previous research has suggested that bike riding for more than three hours a week boosts the risk of mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, said Dr. Chris Oliver, a consultant orthopedic surgeon with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in Scotland. Other studies have also linked bike riding to infertility in men.

In the new study, researchers surveyed more than 5,000 male cyclists from 2012 to 2013.

Eight percent of the men reported erectile dysfunction problems, although they weren't more common in men who biked more. The investigators did find links between erectile dysfunction and three factors -- high blood pressure, smoking and older age.

The researchers didn't find any link between more cycling and more cases of infertility, which 1 percent of the men reported.

As for prostate cancer, just under 1 percent of the men overall reported being diagnosed with it. Those who biked the most, more than 8.5 hours a week, were much mor
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