Obesity Linked with Occasional Migraines?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Previous studies have already shown a link between people with chronic migraine and obesity, but now research is showing that people who get occasional migraines are also more likely to be obese than people who do not have migraines at all.
For the study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, recruited 3,862 people with an average age of 47 filled out surveys with information on height, weight, and migraines. A total of 1, 044 people were obese and 188 of the patients had occasional migraine, which is classified as 14 or fewer migraine headaches per month. Obese people were 81 percent more likely to have occasional migraine as compared to people who were of normal weight.
“These results suggest that doctors should promote healthy lifestyle choices for diet and exercise in people with episodic migraine. More research is needed to evaluate whether weight loss programs can be helpful in overweight and obese people with episodic migraine,” study author B. Lee Peterlin, DO, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/09/11/WNL.0b013e3182a824f7.short?rss=1
SOURCE: Neurology, September 2013
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