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Maturitas. 2014 Jan;77(1):52-8. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2013.09.005. Epub 2013 Sep 18.

Effects of a 12-wk whole-body vibration based intervention to improve type 2 diabetes.

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  • 1Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Electronic address: b.delpozocruz@auckland.ac.nz.
  • 2Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Seville, Seville, 5, Spain.
  • 3Department of Human Performance Studies, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 6, USA.



To test the feasibility, safety and effectiveness of a 12-wk whole body vibration (WBV) intervention on glycemic control, lipid-related cardiovascular risk factors and functional capacity among type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients in a primary care context.


Fifty non-insulin dependent T2DM patients were randomized 1:1 to an intervention group that, in addition to standard care, received a 12-wk WBV intervention, and a control group receiving only standard care (from February 2012 through May 2012). Outcomes, including glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), fasting blood glucose, lipid-related cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., cholesterol, triglycerides, lipoproteins, LDL/HDL and atherogenic index) and functional capacity were measured at baseline and after the 12-wk intervention.


After intervention, there was a reduction in HbA1c and fasting blood glucose when compared to the control group, with a mean difference in change scores between groups of -0.55% (95% CI -0.15 to -0.76) and -33.95 mm/dl (95% CI -51.38 to -3.47), respectively. Similarly, most lipid-related cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., cholesterol, triglycerides and atherogenic index) were also reduced (p<0.05).


A 12-wk WBV intervention in a primary care context is feasible, safe and effective in improving glycemic profile, lipid-related cardiovascular risk factors and functional capacity among T2DM patients.



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Diabetic patients; Exercise therapy; Glycemic control; Prevention therapy; Vibration therapy

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