Docs Prescribe Bike Lessons!
- Doctors prescribe bike lessons:
Patients can have cycling lessons
(from the BBC)
Bristol doctors are prescribing cycling lessons to patients with diabetes
and other health problems.
Gentle exercise like riding a bike can help diabetics by regulating levels
of sugar in the blood and keep the potentially debilitating condition
And now doctors in the city are encouraging patients with a range of health
problems including diabetes to take part in free cycling lessons to help
them get fit safely. The Health on Wheels project has so far helped 40
people who have been referred by their GPs.
The cycling course costs �120 per person, but is paid for by the Department
of Health, not the patients themselves.
Project co-ordinator Phillippa Royle said: "We've had patients who have had
heart attacks, heart surgery, and it has really improved their quality of
"We have also worked with people with mental health as well as physical
Anneke van Eijkern is one of those taking part in the scheme - she gave up
cycling years ago because she did not feel safe in the saddle. But thanks
to the course she is now confident enough to cycle to work - and keep
healthy at the same time.
Ms van Eijkern, a diabetic, said: "My consultant recommended that exercise
would help to control my condition, because at first my blood-sugar levels
were very up and down. "I am amazed at how much the course has improved my
more from the BBC at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/3077980.stm
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