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Vibration may be as beneficial for bone health as exercise

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A U.S. study has found sitting or standing on a vibration machine for just 20 minutes mimics the muscle and bone health benefits of a 45 minute walk, well at least for mice.

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The mouse study is published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology. “Our study is the first to show that whole-body vibration may be just as effective as exercise at combating some of the negative consequences of obesity and diabetes,” said the study’s senior author, Meghan McGee-Lawrence of Augusta University.

While WBV did not fully address the defects in bone mass of the obese mice, it did increase global bone formation.

Ms McGee-Lawrence says this suggests longer-term WBV treatments could hold “promise” for preventing bone loss.

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WBV consists of a person sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second. Researchers at Augusta University.examined the efficacy of WBV in two groups of five-week-old male mice.

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