Have you ever thought of cycling everyday..? Or have you considered cycling as a habit..? If you haven’t considered it yet, try it now because it can help you health wise.
A study which was published on Tuesday in the United States journal, PLOS Medicine says that bicycling can prevent type 2 diabetes.
“The future of diabetes prevention is likely to depend on adopting more ambitious, innovative, and radical public health actions, rather than merely continuing to apply existing ‘weak prevention’ methods with greater intensity,” it was quoted in the journal.
This bicycling include recreational activity or transportation to work or any other place.
This study was conducted by Martin Rasmussen of the University of Southern Denmark and his friends who recruited 27 890 women aged between 50 to 65 and also included 24 623 men.
Then, they compared the association between self-reported recreational and commuter cycling habits and type 2 diabetes with the incidence of the disease measured in the Danish National Diabetes Registry.
The most interesting the researchers have found is the fact that those who started the habit later in life had a lower of risk of type 2 diabetes as well, given that the participants were men and women of middle age and old age.
Five years after they were initially recruited, participants were contacted for follow-up and their cycling habits were re-assessed.
The results showed that people who took up habitual cycling during this period were at 20 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than non-cyclists.
The findings that cycling activity, and even initiating cycling in late adulthood, may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, support development of programs to encourage habitual cycling, according to the study.
Rasmussen and his colleagues took into account other factors that could have influenced participants’ diabetes risk, including diet, waist circumference, history of smoking, alcohol consumption and other forms of exercise.
“Because cycling can be included in everyday activities, it may be appealing to a large part of the population. This includes people who due to lack of time, would not otherwise have the resources to engage in physical activity,” said Rasmussen.
“We find it especially interesting that those who started cycling had a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, given that the study population were men and women of middle and old age. This emphasizes that even when entering elderly age, it is not too late to take up cycling to lower one’s risk of chronic disease,” he said.
“It is inevitable that some strategies will be more successful than others and that any given ‘solution’ may generate new problems, but these should not be taken as reasons for inaction,” said Martin.