Walking to Work Cuts Diabetes, Heart Risks: Study

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 10:41 AM

By Nick Tate

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Got high blood sugar? Get moving. New research has found that people who walk to work are 40 percent less likely to have diabetes than those who drive — findings that suggest building physical activity into regular daily life can pay significant health benefits.
 
The findings, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, are the latest to highlight the downsides of American car culture and sedentary lifestyles.
 
For the study, researchers at Imperial College London and University College London examined how various health indicators related to how people get to work, based on a survey of 20,000 Brits.

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They found that cycling, walking, and using public transport were associated with lower risk of being overweight than driving or taking a taxi. People who walk to work were also 17 percent less likely than people who drive to have high blood pressure. Cyclists were half as likely to have diabetes as drivers.
 
"This study highlights that building physical activity into the daily routine by walking, cycling, or using public transport to get to work is good for personal health ," said Anthony Laverty, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

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