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Is Migraine Risk Related To Waistline?

Migraine headache risk and waistline

Migraines seem to get worse now you’ve gained some weight?  New study linking migraine headache risk to abdominal obesity suggests losing weight in the stomach area may help younger people with migraine, especially women. The study of 22,211 people will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 61st Annual Meeting, Seattle (April 25 – May 2, 2009).

The study concludes that overweight people aged 20 – 55 may have a higher risk of migraine headaches. It finds that age, gender, and the way that body fat is distributed affected the risk of migraine.

For example, in the study, about 20 percent of men aged 20 – 55 and with abdominal obesity reported migraine headaches, compared to 16 percent of those without abdominal obesity.

Numbers were higher for women. Migraines were reported by 37 percent of women aged 20–55 who had excess fat around the belly, compared to 29 percent without excess belly fat. And in these same women with excess belly fat, the odds of migraine more than doubled – going up 1.3 times – after adjusting for heart disease risk factors and for total body obesity.

For whatever reason, after the age of 55, total body obesity had no correlation with migraines in either men or women.

How can we use these findings?

Lose weight in the stomach area.  If you’re under 55, it could help your migraines.  If you’re over 55, it will help your confidence and sense of well-being!

“These results, while still in the early stages, suggest that losing weight in the stomach area may be beneficial for younger people who experience migraine and especially so for women,” according to the study’s author, B. Lee Peterlin, DO. Dr. Peterlin is with the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Peterlin continues: “Men and women have body tissue distributed in different ways. After puberty women show more fatty tissue deposits in the hip and thigh area while men predominantly have more fatty tissue in the belly region. After menopause, women show more fatty tissue in the belly area as well. For some diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, excess fat around the waistline appears to be a stronger risk factor than total body obesity.”

Now a new “disease” is added to that list.  It appears that excess waistline fat is also a risk factor for migraine headaches! Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce your migraine risk simply through diet – to look better and feel better at the same time?

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