Walking significantly lowers diabetes risk
According to new research published in the_American Journal of Preventive Medicine_, walking to work cuts risk of diabetes by 40 percent, compared to people who drive to work. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of 20,000 people across the U.K., and looked at various health indicators associated with how people traveled to work.
After analyzing all the data, researchers concluded that 19 percent of workers who got to work by car, motorbike or taxi were obese, compared to 15 percent of people who walked to work and 13 percent who biked. In addition, they found that those who walked to work cut their risk of high blood pressure by 17 percent compared to those who drove, and people who biked to work had a 50 percent lower risk of developing diabetes compared to drivers.
A morning jog or brisk walk to work may bring many health benefits but, as other studies have indicated, they may not make up for the hours spent in front of a computer or TV. A study led by Kansas State University, for instance, found that sitting for long hours is linked to increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.