If you get migraine headaches and lose weight, you may experience fewer migraines as a result says a new study. Also, underweight people may also experience more migraines as well.
Migraine headaches affect 12 percent of us in the USA and for some of us, the problem can be incapacitating.
Dr. B. Lee Peterlin, a director of headache research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine did a meta analysis of studies with populations of in excess of 300,000 people and found that obese people had a 27 percent higher risk of experiencing migraine headaches.
From the data, she is suggesting that “Healthy lifestyle choices in terms of weight management and diet and exercise are warranted,” for this group of people.
Weight will also place more strain on imperfect body mechanics, which may be one of the reasons for this finding. Chiropractors have helped migraine sufferers for years using manipulation of the spine and soft tissue methods to loosen the muscles surrounding the spine and neck, while improving mobility.
A combination of exercises, better eating habits, chiropractic manipulation and treatment and overall weight loss may be just what the doctor ordered.
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A Healthier Weight May Mean Fewer Migraines
Study found risk increased in both obese and underweight people
By Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News)
“Those with migraine and [their] doctors need to be aware that excessive weight and extreme weight loss are not good for [migraine sufferers], and that maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the risk of migraine,” said study corresponding author Dr. B. Lee Peterlin.
She is director of headache research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
“Healthy lifestyle choices in terms of weight management and diet and exercise are warranted,” she added.
Migraines affect about 12 percent of U.S. adults, according to background information from Johns Hopkins. These debilitating headaches are often accompanied by throbbing, nausea and sensitivity to light and sounds.