Obesity May Lead To More Migraines

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Woman Doing PushupsA new study from John Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests obesity might have an effect on one organ many would have never guessed: the brain. Their research found that obese people are 81 percent more likely to suffer from episodic migraines than those who are of normal weight.

The study was published last week in the online edition of Neurology. The researchers surveyed 3,862 people, average age of 47, who provided their weight, height, and frequency of migraines. The overall results found that 1,044 of the participants were obese, of which 188 reported suffering from occasional or episodic migraines, defined as 14 or fewer headaches per month.

“These results suggest that doctors should promote healthy lifestyle choices for diet and exercise in people with episodic migraine,” study author B. Lee Peterlin told New York Daily News. “More research is needed to evaluate whether weight loss programs can be helpful in overweight and obese people with episodic migraine.”

This is just the latest study suggesting exercise may be a reliable treatment for migraines. A study in 2011 reported exercise may be as effective at preventing the headaches as most medication. That study found that putting migraine patients into an exercise program involving 40-minute sessions three times a week reduced the number of headaches comparable to a group put on a drug plan.

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