Whole body vibration could help reduce inflammation in diabetes

In a new study, researchers found that whole body vibration can improve how well the body uses glucose as an energy source and adjust the microbiome and immune cells to deter inflammation.

This can greatly benefit people with diabetes, a common condition in which glucose and levels of destructive inflammation soar.

The research was conducted by a team from Augusta University.

In the study, the team described how regular use of whole body vibration can yield a greater percentage of macrophages—cells that can both promote or prevent inflammation—that suppress rather than promote inflammation.

They also showed that whole body vibration alters the microbiome, a collection of microorganisms in and on our body, which helps protect people from invaders and, in the gut, help digest food.

This can help the body better use glucose, which is used by the body for fuel but at high levels promotes inflammation, insulin insensitivity and ultimately can cause diabetes.

The team reports that the most dramatic result was the 17-fold increase in the bacterium called Alistipes, a gut bacterium known to be proficient at making short-chain fatty acids.

The short-chain fatty acids are “very good” at decreasing inflammation in the gut.

They generally improve the metabolic status of the gut and makes people more proficient at using glucose for energy.

The team says the findings provide clear evidence that whole body vibration can turn down inflammation.

The lead author of the study is Jack C. Yu, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University.

The study is published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

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