August 12, 2013

Walking to Work Reduces T2D Risk


walk-to-workIt’s pretty self explanatory. Work pays the bills and exercise keeps the body healthy. A new study published in PLoS Medicine has found that walking to work helps reduce the risk of T2D. And we know that reducing the risk of T2D greatly improves the discretionary cash in your bank account.

This elite group of practical pedestrians are 40% less likely to develop diabetes and 17% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drive. Not to mention that they save on gas money, too. Fatter wallets, slimmer health risks.

Here are nice numbers on the physiques of workers: 19% of people who get to work by way of cars, motorcycles, or taxis  were obese. Only 15% of those who walked and 13% of those who cycled were obese, but probably melting those figures as I type these study findings.

The take home from this study is good news for those who live close enough to work to walk. “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,” Anthony Laverty, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

For those of you who spend an arm and leg on your commute, you could always get  a pedometer and pace around the office for 4 or 5 miles a day. Just kidding, sort of.

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