Sugary Drinks During Pregnancy Raises Asthma Risk

by Komal Narwani published on -

 Likes  Comments

Pregnant women who drink sugar-sweetened beverages are likely to give birth to children who have a high asthma risk.

Researchers found if their mothers drank sugary drinks while pregnant or if the children consumed a high amount of fructose during early childhood, they had high chances of developing asthma in mid-childhood. The study, published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, found that a form of sugar called fructose may cause inflammation in the lungs.

sugar

Researchers performed the study over 1000 mother-child pairs which participated in the Project Viva, done in Massachusetts, US. The participants were asked to answer a questionnaire during two phases – first during their first and second trimester, and second when their children were just about 3 years old. Both sets of questionnaires were judged for the pattern and frequency of consumption of a variety of foods and beverages, including regular sodas and fruit drinks for the mothers and her children, respectively.

The study found that 19% of children had asthma in mid-childhood. Mothers who consumed the most amount of sugar-sweetened beverages and fructose were over 60% more likely to have children who would develop asthma later. It was not just the mothers. Even children who had similar diet during their early years were 64% more likely than children who didn’t consume as much sugar.

“Avoiding high intake of sugary beverages during pregnancy and in early childhood could be one of several ways to reduce the risk of childhood asthma,” said Rifas-Shiman, study lead author and researcher at Harvard Medical School.

The risk of having too much sugar is not restricted to just asthma. Another study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that high blood sugar during early pregnancy raises the baby’s risk of a congenital heart defect, even among non-diabetic mothers.

Sugar consumption has been an area of concern in the US. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. The limits for children vary depending on their age and calorific means, but range between 3 – 6 teaspoons per day.

DMCA.com Protection Status
Last updated -
About the Author

An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Komal is a quirky writer. She loves to add a touch of creativity to everything she does. She has a diverse background in teaching biology, working as an analyst, and freelancing as a content writer. There are only two ways she can express herself, first is words and second is dance.

Rate this article
Average rating 0.0 out of 5.0 based on 0 user(s).

Latest Health News:

A woman clinician injecting a young girl.

Increase Screening Of Asymptomatic People For COVID Control

With the coronavirus pandemic showing signs of slowing down, there is an increased need for precaution to ensure that it does not flare up again. New research,…

READ MORE
Group of wood figurines huddled together with one figure outside the group.

Pandemics, Epidemics Can Worsen Social Prejudices

A time of crisis can exacerbate our social prejudices, particularly bigotry and xenophobia. A study, published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society,…

READ MORE
Graphic of the human brain

Research Reveals How Memory Works

Why do our memories not get muddled with other new events? Why are they long-lasting? Researchers from the University of Bristol may have found answers to…

READ MORE