You can get affected by painful migraine at some point in your life, but is your body weight and migraines related? A new research in 2016 has investigated the link between body mass index and migraine risks.
In the US, as much as 13 percent of the population experiences migraine attacks, and its prevalence is four times higher among women-maybe due to some hormonal changes.
Researchers are still not clear on the causes of migraines. Different type of medications are available for relieving migraine symptoms, it’s absolute cure is still elusive.
A New Research Offers Hope
The new research suggests that being weighting too much or too little may increase your risk of migraines.
If you’ve overweight, and also experience migraine attacks, medical professionals recommend that you enroll in a good weight loss program to reduce your symptoms.
This new search examines the connection between being obese, overweight, or underweight and migraine risk. It was published in the journal Neurology.
In this study, a moderate correlation was found between migraine risk and BMI. The researchers complied and examined the results of 15 studies, summing up almost 322,000 participants. They defined BMI (body mass index) of 32 or more, and being overweight as having a BMI lower than 18.
It was found the people with obesity had a 34 percent higher risk of getting migraine attacks than people with normal body weight and all those who were underweight had 14 percenthigher risk of getting migraine as compared to their normal-weight counterparts.
The study results remained unchanged after adjustment for possible confounding factors such as sex and age.
However, Dr. Peterlin-a member of the American Academy of Neurology, and co-author of this study- notes that sex and age were indeed key variables in correlation between BMI and high migraine risk.
“This does make some sense, as risk entailed by obese people and the risk of migraine attacks is different in men and women and in older and younger people,” Dr. Peterlin says. “both occurrence of migraine and obesity disease risk is more common in younger people and in women.”
He also adds that risk correlation found between the BMI and migraines was moderate.
The authors of the study admit that more research is necessary to confirm that gaining or losing weight might help to lower the risk of migraines.