Ride a Bike to Lower Diabetes Risk
According to a recent study, people who bike ride regularly—for pleasure or as a means of transportation—have a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers in Denmark recruited 24,000 men and 27,000 women between the ages of 50 and 65 for the study. The more each participant rode, the greater the reduction in risk.
After 5 years, the biking habits of study participants were re-evaluated, and at that time, those who had begun riding regularly experienced a 20% lower diabetes risk than those who did not cycle. Researchers acknowledge the study revealed an association between bicycle riding and reduced risk for type to diabetes—but not a cause-effect relationship.
Interestingly, people who started bicycling later in life also had a decreased risk for diabetes. Bike riding has a number of health benefits, and now it seems, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels can be added to the list.
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