Today we will talk about why some nurses are fat due to their work and the outside environment.
But first, we will talk about the Current health News: Magic mushrooms could replace antidepressants within five years, says new psychedelic research center: People on antidepressants long-term say they feel blunted with psychedelic therapy it’s the opposite, they talk about an emotional release, a reconnection
The number of Americans who say they've taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds.
By 2014, about one in every eight Americans over the age of 12 reported recent antidepressant use, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study took 19 depressed patients and prescribed a microdose of psilocybin. 100% of the patients had a decrease in depressive symptoms at 1-week post-treatment and 47% had decreased depressive symptoms 5 weeks out. A small study has shown benefited results.
In this NYU study¹, researchers assigned 29 patients to receive either a small dose of psilocybin or a placebo that seemed to create a hallucinogenic experience.
About 80 percent of the patients were less anxious and depressed by the next day. The participants also reported feeling more spiritually fulfilled and fearing their deaths less. There were still signs of the improvement more than six months after the dose.
In 2016, the medical journal Patient Preference and Adherence published a paper looking at what people taking antidepressants long-term had to say about the side effects that they've seen.
The main side effects they complained about included:
One way to change poor health habits is to take a cold, hard look at why they exist in the first place.
We understand a nurse’s life is physically and emotionally demanding. The long days, endless nights and constant chaos takes a toll.
Let's take a look where this might have all started for the nurse.
Eat, Nursing School, Sleep, Repeat.
The pressure to maintain a high GPA or get cut from the program is enough to put weight on the best of us. How did you cope when you were in nursing school? Maybe you stress ate all the time without realizing it and you made it into a habit without consciously being aware of it.
Nursing students think, "All I’ve got to do is make it through school. Then, I’ll get my life back.”
But that’s just the beginning! Once you graduate, you’re actually a nurse. It never ends! It actually gets crazier!
As if the four grueling years in nursing school wasn't enough, your job piles on new challenges.
Time: If you work in a nursing home, a med-surg unit, or some other fast-paced and understaffed facility on a full-time basis the job consumes you. An 8-hour shift quickly becomes a 10–11-hour shift once the paperwork is complete. A 12-hour shift becomes a 14. If the second shift nurse doesn’t show up, oftentimes you are the second shift nurse. On your day off your phone blows up to see if you can come in.
Time: When you are doing all this, your motivation to exercise goes out the window. When you have to eat on the run, your eating habits are horrible. Throw in being on call where you are sleeping with a pager in your hand and one eye open. It adds to the whole cocktail of overwork, bad eating, and especially the sleep deprivation. Cigarettes, caffeine, and sugar are a poor substitute for sleep and exercise. What else goes well with a high-stress job? Alcohol.
Every place I have worked at, you could spot the “lifers”. The ones that have devoted their whole lives to their jobs. It was most prevalent in Med-Surg and nursing homes. Especially in nursing homes. They all looked many years older than their actual age. The charge nurses looked the worst.
You would think that seeing patients die from obesity and smoking-related illnesses would have an effect on them. Nope. They would come to work marinated in cigarette smoke. Donut in one hand and coffee in the other.
OBJECTIVES: This study explored the associations with female nurses' work stress, social support, and overweight/obesity, and tried to find predictors of the female nurses' overweight/obesity.
FINDINGS: The results of this study showed that "regular exercise frequency lower than or equal to 2 days a week", "rotating night shifts greater than or equal to 4 times a month", "nursing working hours higher than 44 hours a week", "high work stress", and "low social support" were the main predictors of "overweight/ obesity".
Stress triggers a fight or flight response in your body. This response releases hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenal prepares your body to take action and minimizes your desire to eat.
Once the adrenaline effects wear off, cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, hangs around. Cortisol temporarily suppresses functions that are non-essential, such as your digestive, immune, and reproductive responses.
When you have more cortisol in your system, you may crave less healthy food options like snacks containing high sugar and fat content. Your stress response is still going on after the adrenaline has worn off and your body is thinking it needs quick energy, like sugar and simple carbs.
The long-term activation of the stress-response system and the overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones that follow can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of many health problems, including:
That's why it's so important to learn healthy ways to cope with your life stressors.
A 2015 study¹ conducted by researchers at Ohio State University found that stress was linked to a slower metabolism in women.
Researchers questioned women about the previous day's stressors before feeding them a high-fat, high-calorie meal. Then, the scientists measured their metabolic rate and examined their blood sugar, triglycerides, insulin, and cortisol levels.
They found that on average, women who reported one or more stressor during the previous 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories than the non-stressed women. That difference might mean a weight gain of almost 11 pounds in one year.
Stressed women also had higher levels of insulin, which contributes to the storage of fat. They also had less fat oxidation, which is the conversion of large fat molecules into smaller molecules that can be used as fuel. The fat that is not burned is stored.
Your belly fat cannot be fully attributed to just your stress and habits at work. Your lifestyle outside of work is a key proponent on your weight gain. Your coping habits have just as big of an impact as your nutritional intake and activity. Be active, eat clean, and manage your stress properly.
Nurses oftentimes graduate heavily in debt. So, when they start working in busy, understaffed facility overtime becomes a way of life. They work 70 hours a week and suddenly they are making 6 figures for the first time in their lives. They get the car and home they always wanted. Now they are owned. Some decide they shift differential pay is worth it and next thing you know they are working from 7 pm to 7 am. Some do it to be able to shuttle their children to and from school. Then, they try to get stuff done during the day so they only get 4 to 5 hours of sleep at the most. What's the best way to get fat? Consistently lose sleep.
Relying on willpower and motivation is a terrible strategy. Why? Because they’re never there when you need them most. Motivation is a powerful wave but lasts only a moment before crashing on the shore.
Attention to obesity management is prudent and ‘good business’. Increased disability, decreased quality of life, increased use of the health care system, decreased workplace productivity and increased absenteeism lead to higher costs to businesses and society, and obesity is one factor in these issues.
The increase in back-related injuries related to being obese include the poor body mechanics resulting from not being able to hold heavy items close to the body when lifting, and overweight and obesity also impact productivity, performance, attendance, and fitness to work.