Whole-Body Vibration Could Prevent Obesity
Preliminary studies show that whole-body vibration—which involves standing, sitting, or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform—could help prevent obesity and diabetes. If further research confirms these results, this discovery could be a huge benefit to people who find it difficult to exercise or get the recommended amount of physical activity.
In whole-body vibration, energy is transmitted through the body, causing the muscles to contract and relax many times per second. The technique was first tested for health benefits in the late 19th century and has been studied for use in several different situations. In Europe, whole-body vibration is being evaluated as a way to maintain muscle mass on extended space flights. Recent studies have it may help increase muscle strength in women with osteoarthritis of the knees and improve fitness levels and balance in older adults.
In a recent animal study, obese subjects with diabetes experienced similar benefits from treadmill exercise and whole-body vibration. More research is needed to determine if the same benefits occur in humans.
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