Latest research news about the health benefits of cycling
The latest results of a study by the University of Glasgow reported in the BMJ and Daily Telegraph this week show that cycling to work could help you live longer and greatly reduces the chance of developing cancer and heart disease.
The study showed that cycling to work lowers the risk of dying early by 40 per cent, and reduces the chance of developing cancer by 45 per cent. Similarly a daily bike ride to the office nearly halves the risk of heart disease, according to the study, which tracked the health of more than a quarter of a million people with an average age of 52 at the start of the study for five years.
Just four per cent of adults cycle to work each day, around two million people. Dr Jason Gill, from the institute of cardiovascular and medical sciences at Glasgow University, said.
“Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes.
“If these associations are causal, these findings suggest that policies designed to make it easier for people to commute by bike, such as cycle lanes, city bike hire, subsidised cycle purchase schemes and increasing provision for cycles on public transport may present major opportunities for public health improvement.”
The study also found some health benefits if people cycled part of their journey and took public transport or drove the rest of the way.