A new study has lifted the lid on those who choose to get to work using one particular method and how it lowers a person’s risk of dying and increasing life expectancy. According to research, this method helps lower the risk of dying early by 40 percent and reduces the chance of developing cancer by 45 percent. What is it?
Researchers tracked the health of more than 250,000 commuters in the UK over five years and compared people who had an “active” commute with those who used public transport.
They found that 2,430 of those studied diet, 3,748 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,110 had heart problems.
The results published in the British Medical Journal showed that cycling to work cut the risk of death by 41 percent.
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A New Zealand study has found thats people who cycle to work have a lower risk of dying.
The study, by researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland, was just published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Lead researcher Dr Caroline Shaw told ScienceDaily, people who cycled to work had a 13 percent reduction in mortality during the study, likely due to the increased physical activity.
Meanwhile, there was no reduction in mortality for those who walked or took public transport.
What the study said
The researchers used data from the New Zealand Census-Mortality Study, which links census and mortality records, to do follow-up studies of the population for three to five years.
“We studied 80 percent of the working-age population of New Zealand over a 15-year period, so it is highly representative,” Dr Shaw said.
Dr Shaw says the census data provided no details about the physical intensity of the commute, so people living in the inner city and walking a couple of metres to work were in the same category as those who walked further distances.
What the experts say
“Walking to work has physical-activity-related health benefits other than mortality reduction including the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and taking public transport has the benefit of emitting less carbon,” Dr Shaw added.
Dr Jason Gill, from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, said: “Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes.
“Those who cycled the full length of their commute had an over 40 percent lower risk of heart disease, cancer and overall mortality over the five years of follow-up.”