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On Your Bike: Cycling to Work Linked With Large Health Benefits

People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, the researchers found that cycling to work was linked to the most significant health benefits - including a 45 percent lower risk of developing cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-active commuters.

Walking to work was linked to a 27 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 36 percent lower risk of dying from it, though it also appeared to have no effect on cancer risk or overall premature death risk, the study showed.

The research involved 264,377 people with an average age of 53 whose data forms part of the UK Biobank - a database of biological information from half a million British adults.

 

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/2piTmtG and http://bit.ly/2o7yRQyBMJ 2017.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878852