Whole body vibration is a passive exercise regimen that became popular in the early 1990’s. It can reduce body inflammation as well as control Type-2 diabetes, a recent study reports.
Whole body vibration (WBV) is a passive exercise that was introduced in he early 1990’s and became popular with fitness buffs. You train by standing on a platform that vibrates at a frequency of 15–70 hertz (Hz) and an amplitude of 1–10 millimeters (mm). Speeds and vibration intensities can be adjusted by the user via remote control.
Your body automatically synchronizes to the repeated, rapid, and short exposure to these vibration coming from the platform. Ftness trainers refer to this type of exercise as light neuro-muscular resistance training.
Several studies have shown that WBV improves muscle performance, bone density, strength, and balance — it also helps to reduce body fat.
Moreover, previous research showed that WBV can reverse many symptoms of Type-2 diabetes, such as thirst and frequent urination. Blood sugar levels stabilize and insulin resistance is reduced.
The question is: How does WBV accomplish these results? A recent study examined how this works.
Whole Body Vibration: Latest Study Results
Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia used a standard mouse model of type 2 diabetes. This involves using mice that are genetically engineered to have a leptin deficiency. This puts them at risk for obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes.
Two groups of 6 mouse in each group were used. Group A was given the WVB treatments while Group B acted as the control group.
Group A received 20 minutes of WBV each day of the week for 4 weeks. The results showed that Group B, the control group showed a significant increase of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and intestines. Gastro inflammation links to Crohn’s disease as well as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in humans.
Reverses Diabetes Symptoms
Immune cells called M2 macrophages, suppress inflammation and increase anti-inflammatory proteins. Group A, the diabetic mice, showed significant increases on both measures, equal to that of Group B, the healthy control group.
These results clearly show that even passive exercise activity such as WBV, can improve health. Diabetic mice receiving WBV therapy, showed reduced intestinal inflammation, stabilized blood sugar levels and reduced insulin resistance.