Kumar Sai Sailesh, R Archana, JK Mukkadan
Department of Physiology, Little Flower Medical Research Centre, Angamaly, Kerala; Department of Physiology, Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam, Chennai, India.
Despite the complexities of the relationship between vestibular stimulation and endocrine disorders being well known, research efforts to understand these complexities are lacking. Interestingly vestibular stimulation may potentially prevent/delay development/progression of diabetes. Here we review the science behind this concept and highlight the need for necessary translational research in this area. Current evidence supports the use of vestibular stimulation not only as a potential intervention to prevent or delay the development of diabetes mellitus in at-risk population, but also to use it as supplementary therapy for diabetic patients management. We urge clinicians to recommend vestibular stimulation by simple means like swing as a goal in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, swing, vestibular stimulation.