Study: Whole body vibration reduces diabetic inflammation
Whole body vibration (WBV) can significantly improve how well our body uses glucose as an energy source and adjust our microbiome and immune cells to reduce diabetic inflammation, says a new study. The study's findings, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, showed how regular use of whole body vibration can create this healthier mix by yielding a greater percentage of macrophages, cells that can both promote or prevent inflammation that suppress rather than promote.
The researchers, using a mouse model, showed that WBV alters the microbiome, a collection of microorganisms in our body, which help protect us from invaders and, in the gut, help us digest food. They saw several changes including increased levels of a bacterium that makes short chain fatty acids, which can help the body better utilise glucose.
Glucose is used by the body for fuel but at high levels it promotes inflammation, insulin insensitivity and ultimately can cause diabetes. "While there were other changes, the most dramatic they documented was the 17-fold increase in this bacterium called Alistipes, a gut bacterium not typically in high supply there but known to be proficient at making short chain fatty acids which, in turn, are "very good" at decreasing inflammation in the gut," said Jack Yu, chief of pediatric plastic surgery at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University.