What Registered Nurses Should Know About Sugary Drinks

The link between high sugar intake and clogged arteries is clear to R.N.s and other health professionals who understand what causes strokes. Just how much, is the subject of a study from Japan that followed nearly 40,000 research participants, determining that females who consumed sugary drinks on a daily basis were 83% more likely (yikes!) to suffer a stroke than women who avoided these types of beverages. And by “these types”, the study included not just sugary soft drinks, but fruit drinks and lemonade; it did not test the effects of 100% fruit juice, iced coffee or tea.

sugary drinkWhat inspired the study? Like the United States, Japan has seen the consumption of soft drinks more than double over the last 30 years. A Nurse’s Health Study in the United States studied the effects of this surge and determined, much like Japan, that the consequences are a hard thing to swallow. The short-list of health problems found by multiple studies on the subject include obesity in both sexes and worsened osteoarthritis in men; not simply because these beverages may increase weight, thus taxing the joints more, but because sugary drinks reduce the body’s’ efficiency at absorbing calcium and other nutrients. Oncology R.N.s, physical therapists and registered nurses who specialize in bone health might share these studies with their patients!

While these studies haven’t proven that daily consumption of sugary juices and sodas are the direct cause of obesity and other ischemic problems, they have determined that sugary drinks worsen the effects of the 32 different obesity genes present in many of us. When the Harvard School of Public Health measured the effects among intake groups of low to high consumption of sugary drinks, as well as recorded everything study subjects ate each day, researchers determined that the group drinking one or more servings (of sugary drinks), were more than twice as likely to become obese.

50 States Staffing Wants to Hear Where Our Nurses Stand!

If you’re an R.N. working in New York nursing jobs than you’ve no doubt noticed the state’s crack down on super-size sodas which have recently been banned. Your colleagues and consulting experts—everyone in the healthcare community who is interested in this topic—are encouraged to share your thoughts on sugary drinks. Do you think it’s a dangerous trend? Do you agree with legislation that tries to curb consumption? We want to hear what’s on tap in your life, and urge you to lead Healthy Careers.

Footnote: The studies mentioned in this blog appeared in 2012 editions of Health News, USA Today, and Every Day Health.

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