It is recommended that people living with type 2 diabetes (T2D)engage in physical activity to help maintain good control of blood sugar levels to promote long-term good health. Physical activity is defined as movement associated with increased energy use. Previous research has also shown that walking as a form of physical activity is especially good for people with T2D.
Cycling lowers risk of early death
Now, researchers have shown that people with T2D may see significant health benefits if they add biking (also called cycling) to their routine. In this study, 7,349 adults with diabetes across 10 Western European countries provided information on their cycling habits. The researchers looked at how many minutes they cycled each week. Over time, they determined who had died and compared it to their cycling habits, making sure that other factors (such as smoking or high blood pressure) did not affect the results.
They found that those who did not cycle had a higher risk of dying in the following eleven years compared to those who had been cycling the whole time or who had at least started cycling. Overall, people who had started cycling during the study also had a 35% lower risk of dying than those who had not cycled at all over 5 years. People who spent the least amount of time each week cycling — just one to 59 minutes — still lowered their risk of early death compared to those who did no cycling at all.
Cycling is good for the environment
However, cycling can be challenging for some, especially for people who live in less affluent areas. We need to do more to encourage people to use their bikes. Cycling is also much more friendly for the environment than driving a car.
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