E-cycling may be an easier way of managing type 2 diabetes than diet, study finds

Electric bikes allowed participants to ride further, faster - and have more fun

Two people riding electric bikes
(Image credit: Getty Images - amriphoto)

If you don’t enjoy something, you’re not likely to continue doing it - and doing nothing is going to leave you much, much further from your goals than doing even a little.

It’s that principle which underpins a recent study into the benefits of using an electric bike for managing type 2 diabetes. The paper concluded that “engaging in e-cycling was [..] an easier way of managing their diabetes [in comparison to] diet or other types of exercise - largely [because of] the enjoyment of riding.”

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg