Biking to Work Linked to Lower Mortality, CV Risks — Physician’s First Watch
Biking to Work Linked to Lower Mortality, CV Risks
By Kelly Young
Edited by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM
Bicycling to work is associated with reduced risks for death and other adverse outcomes, according to an observational study in The BMJ.
Researchers used U.K. databases to examine health outcomes according to the commuting habits of 260,000 workers aged 40 to 69. During a median follow-up of 5 years, people who reported biking to work had a lower risk for all-cause mortality, compared with people who drove or took public transportation (hazard ratio, 0.59). Cycling was also tied to reduced risks for both CVD incidence and mortality and cancer incidence and mortality. Walking, meanwhile, was associated only with reduced cardiovascular risk.