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  • Whole body vibration lowered body weight of rats by 6.8% without any change in food intake

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    Monday, September 15, 2008 2:09 pm Email this article
    Female rats that were given whole body vibration 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for three months, weighed 6.8 percent less than other rats according to a new study from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Vibration

    Vibration given 5 minutes at a time, then a one minute break, repeated 6 times

    Vibration was done 5 minutes at a time, then a one minute break.

    This was repeated 6 times for a total of 30 minutes per day.

    This was done 5 days per week.


    Body Fat

    Body fat two percentage points lower

    Percent body fat was 2 percentage points lower in the vibrated rats—10.2 percent versus 12.2 percent.


    Muscle and Bone

    No difference in muscle and bone

    There was no difference in lean body mass, bone mineral content or bone mineral density, or insulin-like growth factor-1.


    Leptin Levels

    Leptin levels lower

    Leptin levels were less than half in vibrated rats—1.1 versus 2.3 nanograms per millileter.


    Food Intake

    No difference in food consumption

    There was no difference in food consumption between the vibrated rats and the controls—78.2 grams versus 77.5 grams per week.



    Rats were 7 months old

    The female rats were 7-months-old.

    Rats live roughly 3 years, so 7 months old would be the equivalent of a 15-year-old human (approximately one-fifth of the way through their life.)




    “These findings show that whole-body vibration reduced body fat accumulation and serum leptin without affecting whole body [bone mineral content], [bone mineral density] or lean mass,” the researchers concluded.

    “However, the increase in vertebral [bone mineral content] and [bone mineral density] suggests that vibration may have resulted in local increases in bone mass and density.

    “Also, whole-body vibration did not affect muscle function or food consumption.”


    Comment #1

    Comment #1: I assume the weight loss is from muscle contractions

    Since there was no difference in food consumption, I assume that the weight loss occurred because of muscle contractions with the body trying to counter the effects of the vibration.

    This would be kind of like trying to keep your balance.


    Comment #2

    Comment #2: Weight loss might have been due to an increase in metabolism due to elevated noradrenaline

    I wish they would have measured levels of dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline to determine if the vibration caused an increase.

    It could be that the lower body weight was simply caused by an increase in metabolism caused by elevated noradrenaline levels.

    This would also explain the lower leptin levels seen in the vibrated rats.

    “Catecholamines [dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline] inhibit leptin secretion,” as noted by Calissendorff et al (2004).


    Maddalozzo GF, Iwaniec UT, Turner RT, Rosen CJ, Widrick JJ. Whole-body vibration slows the acquisition of fat in mature female rats. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Sep 9, 32(9):1348–54.


    Dr. Gianni F. Maddalozzo
    Bone Research Laboratory
    Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
    Oregon State University
    Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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    Calissendorff J, Brismar K, Rojdmark S. Is decreased leptin secretion after alcohol ingestion catecholamine-mediated? Alcohol Alcohol. 2004 Jul-Aug, 39(4):281-86.


    Jan Calissendorff
    Karolinska Institute
    Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology
    Karolinska Hospital
    117 76 Stockholm, Sweden
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    On Nov 16, 2008 at 9:32 pm Itsme wrote:

    . . . . .

    It's possible that you're right about the muscle contractsions. I have read that it's the vibrations from load-bearing exercise that helps increase bone density, and since bone density increased here, it seems likely this is using the same mechanism to increase bone density.

    It's also possible that whatever process that is triggered by the vibration that causes the bone density to increase, also triggers some of the other body changes.

    On Nov 17, 2008 at 7:39 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .


    Thanks for your input.

    On Nov 18, 2008 at 10:14 am sal wrote:

    . . . . .

    there's a more interesting study posted on this site that was done with humans that shows WBV doesn't do anything.


    why bother studying rats and mice when studies with humans show WBV to have no appreciable impact, especially considering its inconvenience of use and expense?

    On Nov 18, 2008 at 11:12 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .


    Good point.

    On May 09, 2009 at 11:38 am ADELAIDE wrote:

    . . . . .

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