Adipogenesis is inhibited by brief, daily exposure to high-frequency, extremely low-magnitude mechanical signals

While this is a mice study, it raises some very interesting questions. We know that whole body vibration has been shown to be effective for increasing bone density as well as increasing lean body mass.

Given that both adipocytes and osteoblasts share a common stem cell precursor, it looks, from this study, that vibration causes a precursor cell to produce a bone cell instead of a fat cell. Might it be that exercise merely vibrates the stem cell, resulting in many of the positive effects of WBV? If this is so, what does this portend for our current generation of sedentary teenagers when they get older? More fat, less bone?

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.