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Cycle to work to lower cancer risk

21 April 2017 08:17

Cycling to work can lower the risk of cancer

Cycling to work can lower the risk of cancer

Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.

That's according to researchers who say cycling to work can help reduce someone's chances of developing cancer or heart disease by almost 50%.

The findings come from a team working out of the University of Glasgow and were based on a study of 264,337 people.

The benefits of biking

People who rode their bikes to work were found to have a 45% lower risk of developing cancer than those who drove or took the bus, train or tube.

When it came to heart disease, the risk was 46% lower. People who do suffer heart problems can arrange specialist medical travel insurance should they wish to take a holiday.

What about walking?

If you walk to work each day fear not for there are benefits for pedestrians too - though just not as high as cyclists. Those heading to work on foot saw their risk lower by 27% when it came to developing heart disease.

Those walking to work however had no link to a lower cancer risk.

What the experts say

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Commuting to work by walking, or better still, cycling, is a great way to combine physical activity into your normal daily routine.

"This study shows that people who cycle to work or walk for two hours a week have a significantly reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, and death."

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.