Cycling Lowers Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted: Jul 13 2016, 10:22am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Cycling Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
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  • Cycling is a Good Way of Warding Off Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers have found that cycling is a good way of warding off type 2 diabetes.

Cycling on the road may be an excellent way to prevent or control type 2 diabetes. The novel study shows that those individuals who go to work on a bicycle or take part in recreational activities on a bike were not likely to get type 2 diabetes.

These results held sway even for those who took up cycling much later on in life. Over 50,000 Danish males and females participated in the study. They ranged in age from 50 to 65.

Their biking activities were monitored by the researchers. Those who participated daily in cycling tended not to show any signs of type 2 diabetes. In fact, the more they cycled each day, the lower their chances of contracting the disease.

After a period of half a decade, the participants’ cycling activities were given another gander. Those who had been on the cycling regimen tended to have a 20% lower risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.

The study also factored in such complicating agents that could have caused the disease as smoking, diet, alcohol, BMI and other exercise activities.

Other factors could have a role to play in the results. This much was acknowledged by the researchers. However, support for cycling programs ought to be given a boost after this research. It is an A-1 prophylaxis against type 2 diabetes.

The good thing is that age is not a hindrance to cycling. Senior citizens could easily cycle and have glowing health provided they also took care of their diet and sleep patterns.

Type 2 diabetes is a very common disease. It comprises 90% of the cases of diabetes, the other two variants being type 1 diabetes and diabetes insipidus.

The body does not produce enough insulin in type 2 diabetes which often leads to hyperglycemia. It is a preventable disease since by changing one’s lifestyle, one could escape from many of the nasty symptoms of the ailment.

By taking oral doses of medication, lessening the glycemic load of your diet and engaging in regular exercise, one could manage type 2 diabetes.

Exercise remains the missing link that could totally transform a person’s life for the better. He or she could undo such degenerative diseases as obesity and diabetes which have become so rife in modern society.

This study got published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

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