Thursday, July 2, 2009

Competitive Cyclists Found to Have Low Bone Density

CYCLING: MAY 29 Giro dItalia - Stage 19

...the bone density of 32 male, competitive bike riders, most in their late 20s and early 30s, was compared to that of age-matched controls, men who were active but not competitive athletes. Bone scans showed that almost all of the cyclists had significantly less bone density in the spine than the control group. Some of the racers, young men in their 20s, had osteopenia in their spines, a medical condition only one step below full-blown osteoporosis. -nytimes

MY COMMENT: The studies to date point out this potential problem in serious, competitive racers, not recreational cyclists.

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