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Much better CVD risk in children who cycle to school

Research published in the Journal of Physical Active Health found a consistent pattern whereby children who cycle to school are much less likely to develop cardio-vascular disease than their peers who travel by other modes of transport.

The authors also found much better CVD risk in children who changed to cycling from other modes during the period of research. They say "participants who did not cycle to school at baseline and who had changed to cycling at follow up, were fitter, had better cholesterol/HDL ratio, better glucose metabolism, and a lower composite CVD risk factor score than those who did not cycle at either time point".

Clearly anything that encourages children to cycle to school is in their best interests. Conversely, anything that discourages this (such as pressure or laws to require helmet wearing) can lead to much greater risk of CVD.

Tue 24 Jan 2012

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