Walking or cycling to work lowers risk of diabetes new study says

by Barbara Hewitt on August 7, 2013

Walking or cycling to work lowers risk of diabetes new study says

Walking or cycling to work lowers risk of diabetes new study says

A new study by researchers in the UK has found that people who don’t drive to work are around 40% less likely to have diabetes. Cycling, walking, and using public transport were all associated with lower risk of being overweight than driving or taking a taxi, according to the study carried out at Imperial College London and University College London.

Researchers examined how various health indicators related to how people get to work, using data from a survey of 20,000 people across the UK. They found people who walk to work were also 17% less likely than people who drive to have high blood pressure and cyclists were around half as likely to have diabetes as drivers. High blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight are all major risk factors for heart and circulatory disease, the UK’s biggest killer.

The researchers said people could reduce their risks of serious health problems such as heart attacks by avoiding using a car. ‘This study highlights that building physical activity into the daily routine by walking, cycling or using public transport to get to work is good for personal health,’ said Anthony Laverty, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

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Some 19% of working age adults who use private transport such as cars, motorbikes or taxis to get to work were obese, compared to 15% of those who walked and 13% of those who cycled to work. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found wide variations in the modes of transport used in different parts of the UK. Public transport was used most in London, at 52% compared with just 5% in Northern Ireland.

‘The variations between regions suggest that infrastructure and investment in public transport, walking and cycling can play a large role in encouraging healthy lives, and that encouraging people out of the car can be good for them as well as the environment,’ explained Laverty.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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James August 15, 2013 at 4:30 am

Yes, Cycling is the effective way to control diabetes and also good for the body as well. So I thing everybody should try to ride cycle an one hour a day and hopefully that will be very effective for them. Thanks


Ivan June 1, 2017 at 10:20 am

Any exercise reduces the risk of type2 diabetes.


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