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Bicycling Does Not Raise PSA

A study from the University Hospital in Essen, Germany shows that riding a bicycle does not raise blood levels of PSA, the blood test used to screen for prostate cancer.

Several studies suggest that ordinary bicycle seats can cause impotence which can become permanent with continued pressure on the nerves that control erection. Men who become impotent from riding bicycles almost always suffer severe discomfort when they ride. Seats that do not have noses usually do not press on the superficial pudendal nerves, and do not cause numbness in the pelvic area and therefore do not cause impotence.

In this study, levels of PSA did not rise after men completed a 13-mile bicycle course. Having elevated PSA levels does not necessarily mean that a man has prostate cancer because PSA blood test are raised more frequently by other factors such as having a prostate exam, infection and ejaculation.

More on bicycling and prostate cancer risk

Urology 2003;61:1177-1180

Checked 1/19/12

May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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