Diabetes Forecast

Bike to Work to Lose Weight

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


If you walk or bike to work, you rule the road when it comes to weight control, according to a study of 502,656 people ages 40 to 69. After adjusting for factors such as age, type of work, and physical limitations, researchers found that those who cycled to work had lower body mass indexes (BMIs), a ratio of weight to height, than those who drove, walked, or used public transportation to get to work. The difference amounted to about 11 pounds for men and 10 pounds for women. People who walked to work or combined public transportation with walking also had much lower BMIs than did those who drove the entire route. No choice but to drive, you say? Park at a distance to log more steps.
Source: The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, published online March 16, 2016



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