People who walk or bike to work are less likely to have diabetes, high blood
pressure or a heart attack than those who drive to work, British researchers
Anthony Laverty of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and
colleagues at the University College London examined how people got to work,
using data from a survey of 20,000 people across Britain and compared it with
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found
people who walked to work were 17 percent less likely than people who drove to
have high blood pressure, cyclists were around half as likely to have diabetes
as drivers and 40 percent who walked were less likely to have diabetes as
The study also found that those who cycled, walked or used public transport were
all associated with lower risk of being overweight than those who drove or took
The researchers said people could reduce their risk of serious health problems
such as heart attacks by avoiding using a car.
"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," Laverty said in a statement.