Diabetes is an epidemic in our country, spurred on by sedentary lifestyles and skyrocketing rates of obesity. And, once you have it, the rest of your health can quickly deteriorate, raising your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. That’s why your doctor will immediately recommend that you make major lifestyle changes to get your blood sugar under control to save your health and possibly your life — changes like:
- Getting at least two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise
- Losing any extra weight
- Changing your diet to get more whole grains, vegetables, and fiber
But, let’s be honest… even the best intentions can fall by the wayside when it comes to these types of big lifestyle changes. Now, however, thanks to groundbreaking research from a team of scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, there might be an easy way to improve your blood sugar — a way that allows you to vibrate your way to glucose control.
The answer is called whole-body vibration. Yup, just standing on a machine that gives you a good shake, shake, shake — machines you can easily find on Amazon.
Sound too good to be true? Well, I thought so too until I read the results of the study and the why behind how it works…
Here are the down and dirty details.
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Basically, the researchers used a mouse model — something that is really common in this type of research since mice closely mimic human conditions like diabetes.
And, they found that whole-body vibration caused some major changes that all added up to improving the way the body uses glucose, including:
1. Boosting macrophage numbers
Inflammation plays a big role in whether or not you end up with diabetes and how bad your blood sugar gets. Yet, the researchers discovered that simply vibrating for 20 minutes a day, five days a week, results in your body producing higher numbers of cells known as macrophages that suppress inflammation.
2. Elevating good gut bacteria
The investigators also found that whole-body vibration has the power to alter your gut microbiome, the collection of microorganisms in your body, that helps protect you from invaders and digest food.
Specifically, they found that vibration increases the level of a bacterium, known as Alistipes, that makes short-chain fatty acids, which can help your body better utilize glucose. In fact, they found that vibration resulted in a 17-fold increase in the number of Alistipes in the gut.
To top off the benefits, the researchers say that this bacterium also works to reduce inflammation, compounding the good you can get from vibrating.
A self-perpetuating loop
And, guess what… there’s more good news. According to the team, it looks like vibration sets off an amazingly beneficial chain reaction.
Put simply, when you vibrate and your number of Alistipes goes up, your glucose use and the macrophage mix improves, which further increases the number of the bacteria.
It’s a self-magnifying cycle! And, this isn’t the first time that researchers have found big benefits from whole-body vibration.
A 2012 study found that in diabetics, vibration reduced ill effects like excessive urine production and thirst and found it to be better than drugs at reducing A1C levels.
And, 2017 research published in Endocrinology found evidence that whole-body vibration was essentially the same as walking on a treadmill at:
- Reducing body fat
- Improving muscle tone and bone strength
- Eliminating seriously unhealthy fat around the liver
So, if you want to get better blood sugar the easy way, it might be time to vibrate your way to a healthy life. Of course, this new research isn’t an excuse to eat fast food and skip exercise but it’s sure nice to find out that sometimes simple and easy is successful too!
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- Diabetes — Mayo Clinic
- Lifestyle Changes for Type 2 Diabetes — Diabetes.co.uk
- Whole body vibration shakes up microbiome, reduces inflammation in diabetes — EurekAlert