Bicycling to work comes with a lot of benefits: It’s good for your body. It’s good for the earth. And it’s great for your mental health. And now, there is one more reason to take to the saddle—type 2 diabetes prevention.
Scientists have known for a long time that exercise can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. Being active helps your body control blood sugar better and also prevents the kind of weight gain that can be a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
Still, many people believe that it’s “too late” to start an exercise program and improve their health. New research, however, should give middle-aged and older adults confidence that starting an exercise program at any age can help protect you from type 2 diabetes.