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High mileage and Prostate problems(6 posts)

High mileage and Prostate problemsconway
Jun 6, 2002 10:26 AM
My doctor says biking is hard on the prostate gland and several of our bike club members have been treated for prostate infections. Does anyone else find this to be true because I do not like antibiotics.
re: High mileage and Prostate problemsAndy M-S
Jun 6, 2002 11:15 AM
A prostate infection cannot possibly be due to cycling. Period. An infection is caused by viruses or bacteria.

What cycling can do is to irritate the prostate, and if there's a latent/inactive infection there, this irritation can cause a recurrence.
re: High mileage and Prostate problemsDragon33
Jun 6, 2002 11:55 AM
I had a problem myself and the doc said that it was from riding. BS, I went out and did some research even on Prostste Cancer to find out more. It is as the guy said above, an infection. Which can be irritated by cyling among other things. If you are really into preventative and healthy natural stuff palmetto root is supposed to be the perfect natural cure and preventative for Prostate infections. If you do get one, the best news the doc gave me was to have frequently "release", lot's of sex!! My wife loved that excuse.
re: High mileage and Prostate problemsSteve Bailey
Jun 6, 2002 1:12 PM
Bicycling can irritate the prostate and can cause an inflammation. The symptoms can be the same as a prostate infection and can make the prostate more susceptable to infections. So say's my urologist, who's (successully) treated me for the past year.

Changing saddle type and position can help, so does riding a recumbent. Vioxx helped reduce the inflammation in my case and is often prescribed for an inflammation of this type as it can also fight off any bacteria that may exist to cause an infection. This is what worked for me after 1-1/2 years of on again/off again antibiotics that didn't eliminate the inflammation. I had to greatly reduce the DF riding last year to give my prostate some recovery time, but am now up to about 150-200 miles per week, 1/3 to 1/2 as recumbent riding (recommended at any rate).

SB
I switched to a cut out, and relieved the problemPaul
Jun 7, 2002 3:02 AM
I switched to a cut out, and relieved the problempa rider
Jun 7, 2002 6:29 AM
ditto on the cut out seat. I got my problem from MTB riding andbreaking two saddles a year. I also had the seat tilted up too much which caused the rubbing.

I now have to ride suspension (rear) mtb. Found changing the seat type helps for both types of riding.