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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Obese People 27% More Likely to Have Migraines Than Other People

Recent research discovered that people who are considered obese are 27 percent more likely to suffer from migraines than people at normal eight. The study also showed that the risk between obesity and migraines was greater for women.

A total of 12 studies involving close to 300,000 individuals found that obese people were 27 percent more likely to have migraines than people who were at a normal weight. Another surprising result is that people who were underweight were 13 percent more likely to have migraines.

Explaining the link between weight and migraines

According to researchers, being overweight or underweight can both trigger migraines. Why? Doctors explain that fat tissue “is an endocrine organ, and like other endocrine organs, such as the thyroid, too much and too little cause problems,” including migraines. So, both weight gain as well as extreme weight loss can cause migraines.

Migraines are not just a headache. Migraines are debilitating headaches that often include nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines affect 36 million people in the U.S. More than 90 percent of migraine sufferers have migraines severe enough to affect their education, career, and social activities, according to the American Migraine Foundation.

Diet and exercise

The American Migraine Foundation recommends maintaining a program of healthy diet and exercise to maintain a normal weight. For other recommendations for migraine relief, visit

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