Cycling to work can cut cancer and heart disease, says analyse – BBC News

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Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work, say scientists.

The biggest examine into the issue connected use two wheels with a halving of health risks of cancer and heart disease.

The five-year study of 250,000 UK passengers also showed strolling had some benefits over sitting on public transport or taking the car.

The team in Glasgow said cycling took no willpower once it became part of the work routine – unlike going to the gym.

The five-year study compared people who had an “active” commute with those who were mostly stationary.

‘Active commuters’

Overall, 2,430 of those analyse died, 3,748 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,110 had heart problems.

But, during the course of the study, regular cycling cut health risks of demise from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.

The cyclists clocked an average of 30 miles per week, but the farther they cycled the greater the health boon.

Walking cut the odds of developing heart disease but the benefit was mostly for people strolling more than six miles per week.

“This is really clear evidence that people who commute in an active way, particularly by cycling, were at lower danger, ” Dr Jason Gill, from the University of Glasgow, told the BBC News website.

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“You need to get to work every day so if you construct cycling into the day it essentially takes willpower out of the equation.

“What we really need to do is change our infrastructure to make it easier to cycle – we need bike lanes, to make it easier to set motorcycles on trains, rains at work.”

People who combined cycling and public transport in their commute also proved health benefits.

Out of breath

The way the study, published in the British Medical Journal, was carried out means it is not possible to determine a clear cause and effect.

However, the effect was still there even after adjusting the statistics to remove the effects of other potential explanations like smoking, diet or how heavy people are.

It means the reason cycling cuts cancer danger cannot be down to weight loss in the study.

Other explanations include cyclists being leaner( even if they are not weighing any less) and less of inflammation in the body.

Cycling is thought to be better than walking as the exert is both longer and more intense.

Clare Hyde from Cancer Research UK said: “This study helps to highlight the potential benefits of build activity into your everyday life.

“You don’t need to join a gym or run the marathon.

“Anything that gets you a bit hot and out of breath – whether it’s cycling all or portion way to work or doing some housework – can help make a difference.”

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