AVOIDING BONE LOSS
ANCHOR LEAD: MEN BEING TREATED FOR PROSTATE CANCER CAN AVOID BONE LOSS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
One side effect of therapies used in prostate cancer to reduce the level of testosterone in a man’s blood is loss of bone mass. Such loss may increase the risk of bone fractures. Now researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a modest amount of walking can help men avoid this side effect. Paula Chiplis, the study’s lead author, says these men weren’t walkers to begin with.
CHIPLIS: They were sedentary, so they weren’t used to walking, and the goal was for them to walk 30 minutes a day, at a brisk walk, which I would say is something where you are walking as fast as you can but you can still talk. So it would vary according to your age and how fit you were. And we found indeed that 87% of the gentlemen in the study were able to do this, and they were walking five days per week averaging 32 minutes. :30
Chiplis says men who walked also reported enjoying it. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.