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Cycling lowers risk of premature mortality in diabetes patients: JAMA

Cycling lowers risk of premature mortality in diabetes patients: JAMA

Denmark: Cycling is associated with a lower risk of all-cause and CVD mortality in diabetes patients independent of other types of physical activity, recent research…

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Denmark: Cycling is associated with a lower risk of all-cause and CVD mortality in diabetes patients independent of other types of physical activity, recent research in JAMA Internal Medicine has revealed. People who took up cycling had a considerably lower risk of both all-cause and CVD mortality than noncyclists.

The findings suggest that cycling should be encouraged as an activity in diabetics for lowering the risk of premature mortality.

Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of premature death from all causes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Previous studies have shown regular physical activity to be a critical behavioral target for diabetes management. Only structured exercise, in contrast with advice only, has been shown to improve CVD risk factors. In lieu of this, it becomes important to investigate the influence of engagement in specific unstructured physical activities on mortality in this patient population.

Considering the above, Mathias Ried-Larsen, Centre for Physical Activity Research, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues set out to investigate the association between time spent cycling and all-cause and CVD mortality among persons with diabetes, as well as to evaluate the association between change in time spent cycling and risk of all-cause and CVD mortality.

For this purpose, the researchers conducted a prospective cohort study and included 7459 adults with diabetes from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. Questionnaires regarding medical history, sociodemographic, and lifestyle information were administered in 10 Western European countries from 1992 through 2000 (baseline examination) and at a second examination 5 years after baseline.

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