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Could Vibration Therapy Improve Your Health with Diabetes?

A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences found that regular whole body vibration therapy can improve glucose management and reduce inflammation in diabetes. Whole body vibration was shown to make changes to the microbiome, the makeup of organisms in the gut, and increase the amount of helpful macrophages that stop inflammation. 

A small amount of inflammation is normal when fighting off infection, however chronic inflammation is damaging to cells and can lead to diseases like diabetes and cancer. 

A previous study in Endocrinology in 2017 showed that whole body vibration therapy was as effective as walking on a treadmill for increasing health, reducing body fat, and strengthening muscles and bones. 

What is whole body vibration?

In whole body vibration, you stand or lie on a machine with a vibrating surface which causes your muscles to contract and relax hundreds of times. When done at least 15 minutes a day three days per week, whole body vibration has been shown to reduce bone loss, relieve stress, and improve overall strength and balance as you age.

You can find a whole body vibration machine at a local fitness center, or you can purchase one for your home. It’s recommended to use a whole body vibration machine in conjunction with regular exercise.  

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Benefits of whole body vibration therapy

Whole body vibration has been shown to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce excess urinating
  • Lessen extreme thirst
  • Lower A1c levels
  • Reduce fat around the liver
  • Aid in digestion
  • Reduce fat
  • Strengthen muscles and bones
  • Protect the gut

Limitations and side effects 

The studies mentioned were performed on mice; more research is needed on humans to confirm the results. There can be some side effects with vibration therapy including back pain, damage to bone and connective tissue, and neurological damage. Talk to your doctor before starting vibration therapy. 

When doing vibration therapy, keep sessions short and follow the instructions of a fitness trainer or doctor.