Bike to Work to Cut Cancer, Heart Disease Risk
Compared to those who drive or take public transportation, people who bike to work have a 45 percent lower risk of cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease, according to a new study. The five-year study involved 264,000 people and was conducted in the UK.
Researchers recorded heart attacks, cancer diagnoses, and deaths over the course of the study and related these events to the participants’ method of commuting. Bicycling to work provided the most health benefits, while walking to work reduced the risk for heart disease, but not cancer or overall death risk. This may be because people who walk to work typically commute shorter distances than those who bike.
According to researchers, policies to make biking to work easier could be an important step in improving public health. Options include creating more bicycle lanes and offering subsidized bicycle purchasing plans.
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