Cycling to work can lower your risk of developing cancer by up to 45%
A new study from the University of Glasgow reports that cycling to work is linked to a lower risk of developing cancer by up to 45% and developing cardiovascular disease by up to 46%.
264,337 people with an average age of 53 were monitored for 5 years, the results were adjusted for variables such as age, sex, diet, smoking and existing medical conditions. The cyclists commuted for an average of 30 miles a week and the further they cycled the greater the health benefits.
Overall those who cycled to work were found to have a 41% overall lower risk of premature death from any cause compared to those who either drove or took public transport. Walking was found to be beneficial with a 27% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease but did not appear to be linked to a lower risk of cancer or early death from any cause.