07 Oct Effectively treating the symptoms of diabetes
Fighting the war on diabetes – vibration treatment is a key player
In his 2017 National Day rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong labelled diabetes as a health crisis that Singapore is currently facing. 1 in 9 Singaporeans suffer from the disease, and over the age of 60, that number is 3 in 10. By the Ministry of Health’s estimates, by 2050 the number of Singaporeans affected by diabetes may be as high as 1 million.
What is diabetes, and what causes it?
Diabetes is known by the Singaporean Chinese as 糖尿病, which translates to sugar-in-urine-illness. Old aunties may tell you that you can detect the disease because your urine attracts ants. While not entirely accurate, it does have some truth behind it.
In medical terms, it is a disease where the body has a high level of blood sugar, and the person lost the ability to use or store it normally. Our bodies release a hormone called Insulin, which allows our bodies to absorb sugar for use as energy, as well as control our blood sugar level. In diabetic patients, there is a malfunction in the release or use of insulin, which leads to too much blood sugar because the body can no longer control the absorption.
This can lead to issues like frequent urination, abnormal thirst and hunger, weight gain or unusual weight loss, fatigure, male sexual dysfunction, numbness in limbs, and cuts that won’t heal. There is also increased risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart failure. Other serious issues that could develop are blindness, kidney failure, stroke, and limb gangrene that can lead to amputation.
Diabetes is mainly classified into Type 1 (unable to produce insulin) and Type 2 (Not producing enough insulin, or insulin resistant). Type 2 is the most common form, with about 90% of diabetics being Type 2. An inactive lifestyle, being overweight and an unhealthy diet are all contributing factors to developing Type 2 diabetes.
In most forms of diabetes, the common medical practice is to artificially increase the patient’s insulin levels, and/or be prescribed to very strict exercise regimes and diets.
This is not always easy to follow. Food requirements, like low-sugar, avoiding fried food, coffee etc may not be easily done in certain circumstances. Other issues may also create difficulty in achieving proper exercise, eg other physical impairments, age, and being obese. Those groups face difficulty in mobility that can make exercise difficult.
In such cases, vibration treatment is an ideal solution. The treatment can be done by almost anyone, and does not require great strength, endurance or impact tolerance. By simply standing on the vibration machine, patients are able to gain its benefits.
How vibration works against diabetes
Studies have shown that vibration can increase glucose tolerance and lower blood sugar levels. In Tokyo Medical University Hospital, Japan, Dr Fukumoto S found a special hormone called Osteocalcin. This hormone accelerates bone formation, but it also balances blood sugar. When released, it circulates into the pancreas and stimulates insulin secretion.
Whole Body Vertical Vibration (WBVV) treatment stimulates the osteoblast cells, which normally secrete bone substance, to secrete osteocalcin.
An interesting side effect of WBVV is that it also promotes a kind of protein called Adiponectin. Secreted by fat cells, this protein is responsible for balancing blood glucose. In slim persons, or those who have lost weight, adiponectin levels are higher than those who are obese. Diabetes patients also tend to have less of this protein, which increases the amount of body fat. By promoting the production of this protein, vibration treatment has been effective in reducing blood sugar levels as well as reduce fat build up. This is not only beneficial for those suffering from diabetes, it is also an effective preventive measure against the development of the disease.
WBVV can also reduce the negative effects of diabetic neuropathy. This is a symptom where the patient may feel pain, burning sensations, numbness or ticklishness in the limbs. Normal treatments tend to be the prescription of drugs like anagelsics, antidepressants or antiepileptics. They may not be fully effective, and can have side effects such as dizziness, weight gain and movement disorders.
Studies and experiments with using WBVV as treatments have shown positive results for diabetic neuropathy in the USA, Iran and other parts of the world. Patients reported a decrease in pain and numbness, as well as increased muscle strength, flexibility and balance.
On top of these benefits, WBVV also provides a great, easy way to exercise. The controlled vibrational movement builds muscle and burns fat.
In summary, WBVV is a breakthrough technology that can help diabetic patients by reducing blood sugar and ameliorate diabetes and its symptoms, through
- Activating Osteocalcin, which stimulates the secretion of insulin and lowers blood sugar levels.
- Promote the production of Adiponectin, which balances glucose in the blood, and represses fat cells.
- Improve various conditions that are a side effect of being diabetic
For those who have yet to become diabetic, WBVV has been shown to decrease the chances of developing the disease.