BEACON TRANSCRIPT – In light of new research, experts suggest replacing four wheels with two, as cycling stops diabetes. The study revealed people who bike to work or cycle regularly for the thrill of it, are less likely to become sick from diabetes.
This also applies to late starters of the sport. Cycling can be included in day to day activities. It’s appealing to a large group of the population. This includes people who don’t otherwise have time to practice physical activity, says study author Martin Rasmussen from the University of Southern Denmark.
The study looked at the behavior of more than 50,000 Danish men and women, aged 50 to 65 years old. The research has revealed that those who biked frequently, were less inclined to develop type 2 diabetes. The more time they spent cycling, the more they lowered their risk.
Other risk factors for diabetes which were taken into account were: other forms of exercise, smoking, diet, waist circumference. Experts acknowledged that these factors might have influenced results, but still found cycling was worth it.
The findings were published in the PLOS Medicine Journal on July, 12th. Another conclusion was that these findings should convince authorities to support programs which encourage cycling.
It’s interesting that even those who started cycling at the middle or old age still had a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. This study demonstrates that even when you’re old, it’s not too late to lower your chronic disease risk. Because cycling stops diabetes.
Those who only biked in good weather still benefited from a decreased risk of diabetes. We’re talking about people who took a break in winter and still had health benefits. All in all, Danish researchers say it’s never too late to get a bike and start cycling. The risk for type 2 diabetes was reduced by as much as 20% for cyclists, compared to non-cyclists.
Other important ways of reducing your weight and risk of diabetes are: eating smaller meals, drinking plenty of water, putting less on your plate, keeping a balance between meat and veggies, moving more each day, dance perhaps, standing and walking more, making healthy food choices, cooking with care and not snacking during cooking, having more salads, and always carrying a water bottle with you.
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