A recently published medical study demonstrates that it is never too late in life to pick up cycling. And apart from the well known and lauded health benefits that cycling provides, the study has found a new benefit of the hobby – reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Martin Rasmussen from the University of Southern Denmark managed and monitored the large scale medical health study which took place in Denmark. Approximately 24,000 males and 27,000 females, aged between 50 to 65 years old, formed the member-base of the survey.
The study recorded many pieces of information from its numerous members. Cycling history was part of the data, as Denmark is well known for having active numbers of bicyclists. The Danes practice cycling both as a light recreational sport and as a way to commute to and from work, even across communities.
Rasmussen and his team then compared the subject data with records present in the Danish National Diabetes Registry.
Cycling And Diabetes Do Not Get Along
Comparing the data yielded a conclusive inverse proportional link between the amount of time in a lifetime spent cycling and the risk for type 2 diabetes.
The same data comparison was performed more recently, after a window of five years. The new comparison demonstrated that the members of the study who had not used bicycles in the past but picked up the habit in the previous five years still had a much lesser risk of type 2 diabetes.
Martin Rasmussen did admit, however, that there could be several other factors in play as the team merely observed the links and did not find a substantial medical argument to back it up.
Nevertheless, the data is sound. With over 51,000 surveyed members from all social, economic, and political backgrounds which the country had to offer, the information has been conclusive and deemed by the proper authorities as medical fact.
Licensed health officials and medical specialists consider cycling to be one of the most efficient and healthy recreational activities people can perform.
Apart from cost-efficiency in transportation, and the boon that it currently brings to the environment, cycling is well known for its positive influence on the health of the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys, keeping a fit and toned body.
Plus, you never forget how to do it once you learn it.
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