According to the Center for Disease Control via the National Diabetes Statistics Report
· 37.3 million Americans - about 1 in 10 - have diabetes.
· 1 in 5 people with diabetes don’t know they have it
· 96 million American adults - more than 1 in 3 - have prediabetes.
· More than 8 in 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
· Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US.
· Estimated $327 billion in medical costs and lost work and wages2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Sir Frederick G Banting, Charles H Best and JJR Macleod at the University of Toronto in 1921. Before the discovery of insulin people with diabetes didn’t live very long lives. Insulin was one of the biggest medical breakthroughs in our medical history and has saved millions and millions of lives around the world and has kindled 100 years of diabetes discoveries. We’ve come a long way in managing this disease, but the fight is far from over.
Do you know the signs of diabetes? The more we understand this condition, the more we can do about prevention, reducing symptoms and the overall effects it may have on us. Knowing symptoms could be the best way to prevent symptoms and help seek treatment early.
There are 3 main types of diabetes and many common symptoms to watch for:
- More frequent Urination (peeing), often at night
- You are very thirsty or are very hungry
- Losing weight without trying
- You are having blurry vision
- Numb or tingling hands or feet (neuropathy)
- Feeling very tired
- Skin is very dry, may have sores that heal slowly
- More inflammation or infections than usualThose with type 1 diabetes may also see other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains. Type 1 diabetes symptoms can develop quickly, in just a few weeks or months and it can become severe. Type 1 diabetes usually starts when you’re a kid, teen, or young adult but can present itself at any age throughout the course of one’s life.
Type 2 diabetes symptoms can take several years even decades to develop. Many do not notice they have developed any symptoms at all contributing to why many are undiagnosed or prediabetic. Type 2 diabetes typically starts when you’re an adult, though it is on the rise with more children and teens developing it. Because symptoms can be difficult to recognize, it’s important to know the risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) usually doesn’t present any symptoms. If you’re expecting, your doctor should be testing you for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. You doctor or care provider can help you make any necessary changes to protect your health and the health of your baby.
How can vibration plates help manage diabetes? Almost everyone, whether they have diabetes or not, benefits from regular exercise. Well-known health benefits include weight loss, stronger bones, improved blood pressure control, lower rates of heart disease and cancer as well as increased energy levels. Regular exercise has special advantages if you have diabetes. Regular physical activity improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps manage your blood sugar levels.
We all know the benefits of being active and a vibration plate is simply an easier way to perform exercises. They provide less impact and can accelerate benefits in less time – key when dealing with pain and fatigue where other activity may just not be suited or possible. Vibration plates also provide many wellness benefits to help manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life.
A healthy body of research spanning decades supports vibration therapy & exercise for a variety of conditions and as an exercise modality. Here’s a few we wanted to highlight:
According to the Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine Vibration plates offer an advantage, they are easier to use and give you energy vs depleting it. “When the use of WBV (whole body vibration) is compared with aerobic training, according to our clinical practice, vibration therapy & exercise does not seem to require much recovery time as well as reduction in the feeling of fatigue after training. In fact, the feeling of fatigue of some types of stimuluses to patients with Parkinson’s seems to clearly minimize its effects due to fatigue, which is an important fact to be interpreted by the physiotherapist in his clinical practice.” Source: Whole Body Vibration Effectiveness in Diabetes Mellitus, Osteoporosis and Parkinson’s Disease
WBV training resulted in a substantial reduction in resting diastolic blood pressure Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Glycemic Indices and Peripheral Blood Flow in Type II Diabetic Patients
WBV 3-4 times per week showed Significant improvement of femoral artery blood flow - Whole body vibration training improves leg blood flow and adiposity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Sañudo B, Alfonso-Rosa R, Del Pozo-Cruz B, Del Pozo-Cruz J, Galiano D, Figueroa A. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2013 Sep;113(9):2245-52. doi: 10.1007/s00421-013-2654-3. Epub 2013 May 9. PMID: 23657766.
Many of our Lifepro members are already taking advantage of our vibration plates and other self care tools to improve symptoms and their overall level of health. Depending on the severity of the symptoms you are managing we have a few different vibration plate models to help you start moving and feeling better.
For more information about our vibration plates see our vibration therapy collection HERE
Foot and leg & hand massagers are another great way to target specific symptoms like lack of circulation, swelling and neuropathy. If you suffer with advanced symptoms or poor mobility we recommend the VibraCare Foot Massager and the Legra Hand Massager. You can target specific areas as needed throughout your day and are great starting points to help you progress towards other long term goals like increasing strength and bone density or losing some weight. See some of our self care tools in action in our recent LIVE session LIFEPRO’S TOP TOOLS FOR TREATING DIABETES SYMPTOMS