Great video here from GCN, which should be required viewing for the men out there. Apparently there is a women’s version in the works too.
In short, cycling is good for men –the numbness is temporary; erectile dysfunction is more likely to be a symptom of something else (in particular your cardiovascular health); there’s no effect on prostate cancer, but men as we age should be aware of the symptoms.
Symptoms of prostate cancer do not usually appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra).
When this happens, you may notice things like:
- an increased need to pee
- straining while you pee
- a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
So, be wary but fear not, riding your bike is better for you than not riding it and will actually lower your risk of developing cancer in the first place. Recent research, according to that NHS article, suggests that obesity increases the risk of prostate cancer.
However, if you are heading into your 50s, or there is a history of it in your immediate family, you may wish to bring it up with your GP when you see them.
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