Study shows Possible Link between Migraines and Obesity

Updated at: Sep 13, 2013
Study shows Possible Link between Migraines and Obesity

New study by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine says that there is a link between obesity and episodic bouts of migraine.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
LatestWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Sep 13, 2013

migraine linked to obesityA new study published in the journal Neurology claims that people having occasional migraine are more likely to suffer from obesity when compared to those who do not have migraines.

Previously studies had demonstrated a possible link between people suffering from chronic migraines and obesity, but this has been conflicting on whether the link is relevant to people who have less frequent migraine attacks.

Now the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore conducted a study of 3,862 people whose average age was 47. The participants were required to complete surveys disclosing information on their height, weight and migraine regularly. 1044 of these participants were found to be obese and 188 suffered from such occasional or episodic migraines that defined as fewer than 14 migraines every month.

The results showed that participants who were obese had an 81 per cent more chance of episodic migraine of any frequency than when compared with people with normal weight.

Also it was seen that those who were under the age of 50 and were obese were 86 per cent more likely to suffer from such episodic migraines and so this risk in fact did not increase over the age limit of 50. The risk of such episodic migraine actually increased in women who were obese but the same was not seen for men.

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