Whole-body Vibration May Help Control Diabetes

A less strenuous form of exercise called "whole-body vibration" may work as well as regular exercise in helping control diabetes. Researchers compared diabetic and non-diabetic mice utilizing simulated whole-body vibration for a new study into low-impact exercise options.

Whole-body vibration (WBV) uses a vibrating device to trigger muscle reactions naturally within the body. The person may be standing, sitting, or lying down. The device vibrates and causes the body's muscles to react many times per second to keep the person aligned as the body naturally works to keep balance and equilibrium.

The mouse study had promising results for WBV.

The study used a vibrating platform for a mouse cage which moved the cage the way a WBV device would a human. Movement lasted about 20 minutes per day for 12 weeks in total. Another group of mice ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes a day for the 12 weeks and a third did nothing.

Diabetic mice who ran on the treadmill had the same health outcomes as did the diabetic mice who were subjected to WBV. This indicates that WBV could offer health benefits to diabetics in need of exercise.

Research is still needed to find the right amount of whole-body vibration a human should use, the researchers say. It is unclear how much is enough and how much may be too much.

Source: VOAnews.com

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