Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease here in Brazil. Depending on the severity of the condition, it can be controlled through physical activity and a balanced diet. However, a University of Bristol study found that people with this particular condition are less likely to exercise and that e-bikes can be an important ally in changing habits.
According to the Brazilian Diabetes AssociationAbout 90% of people with the disease have type 2. In these cases, the body cannot produce insulin properly or adequately.
- Contrary to what was expected,… Stady It found that people who could control the disease without the help of medication were the least likely to adopt changes in their habits.
- This is where the electric bike comes in: The “electric bike” was defined as a way to increase physical activity and integrate it into daily life without some of the restrictions imposed by traditional cycling.
- To make this discovery, the research authors tested the use of e-bikes on a group of participants with type 2 diabetes and how they viewed the practice compared to other forms of exercise.
- According to the site ElectricThey concluded that “cycling (e-bikes) was viewed as an easier way to manage diabetes than diet or other types of exercise, largely because cycling is fun.”
E-bikes and diabetes
This finding is due to issues beyond the impact of physical activity. Although electric and traditional cycling have similar results when it comes to helping control diabetes, sticking with it comes down to getting into the habit of doing different types of activities.
This is because research participants saw riding electric bikes as a form of entertainment, as well as being easier and more fun. Furthermore, using e-bikes causes less impact on the body, making it a more accessible experience for people with different levels of fitness.
To improve performance, electric bike riders tend to pedal longer than those using regular bikes, since the electric aspect causes less wear and allows longer distances to be covered.
In other words, although both forms bring benefits to the body and control type 2 diabetes, the habit of cycling has become more enjoyable and popular with e-bikes, rather than traditional bicycles. This is good news for those who want to change their exercise habits. However, it should be noted that e-bikes are still very expensive in Brazil. Elsewhere, such as the USA and Europe, these vehicles are already becoming more affordable.
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