If you want to lower your risk of early death, cycling on a regular basis appears to be a great way to do it. In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers examined health data for over 7,000 adults who suffer from diabetes. They found that regular cycling over the five-year period of the study was associated with a 35 percent lower chance of early death from all causes and heart disease compared to not cycling at all. But the benefits did not just apply to diabetics. Everyone can have the same decreased risk of death. And the mortality benefits don’t appear to have anything to do with a certain amount of time on the bike each day or week. Instead, they key seems to be cycling consistently over time.
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