2.3 Whole body vibration training improves leg blood flow and adiposity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Journal: European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2013; 113:2245-2252

Study Context:  This study looked at the effects of a 12 week vibration exercise program on leg blood flow and body composition in people with type 2 diabetes.

Participants in the vibration exercise group attended approximately 3 times per week. The total duration of the exercise sessions went from 12 to 20 minutes over the course of the study.

Results:  Researchers made 3 primary conclusions from this study:

1.  Blood flow in the leg went up significantly (22.6%, p<.03) in the whole body vibration exercise group.

2.  Body fat decreased in the vibration training group (7.2% decrease, p<.01). This finding was similar to previous reports and is important because central body fat contributes to the development of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.

3.  Changes in blood flow were associated with changes in fat mass. Vibration training exercise was an effective way to increase leg blood flow and decrease body fat in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.