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There has been a great deal of attention paid to the link between the disease of obesity and other disease conditions. Most people understand that if you are overweight or obese, this can increase the risk for high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. However, some new research conducted at Johns Hopkins University medical school has provided evidence of a direct link between obesity and migraine headaches.
The researchers wanted to establish if they could establish a link between the development of episodic migraine headaches and obesity. Episodic migraines are characterized by 0-14 episodes per month of pulsating pain located on one side of the head or face, lasting between several hours or days, aggravated by physical activity and associated with photophobia, (fear of light) nausea and vomiting. Episodic migraine is much more common in females whom are between the ages of 30-50. It has been estimated that they occur in approximately 15% of the population.
The current study was an observational design involving 3862 participants who were interviewed as part of the National Co-morbidity Survey. This national survey consisted of a personal interview of adult residents in various households across the U.S. After the collected information as analyzed, the researchers found that there was an associated 81% greater chance of experiencing episodic migraines in the subjects who were obese compared to the normal weight respondents. In addition, the association between the increased weight gain and episodic migraine was quite distinct implying that as normal weight people progressed to overweight people and then to obese people, there was as direct and increasing trend toward the increase risk of episodic migraine. The greatest impact was seen in the group representing white women less than 50 years of age.
According to the lead researcher in this study, the possible mechanism between obesity and migraines could be attributed to the association between obesity and the level of inflammation in the brain. Certainly, there has been previous research indicating that increased levels of inflammation inside the arteries of the brain might be a significant factor in migraine development. This fact is also substantiated in the resultant method with which migraine is frequently treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.
I my opinion, the reason why increased amounts of body fat seem to confer a direct risk of developing migraines is because of the higher levels of inflammation associated with excessive body fat accumulation. As levels of body fat continue to rise, insulin resistance becomes much more profound. High levels of insulin create an internal environment of inflammation inside the arteries of the heart, neck, brain and kidney. Inflamed arteries can cause local changes to blood flow and pain. It’s really no surprise that the results of this study indicated that the risk of migraine is directly related to the degree of body fat accumulation.
However, the most important information that this research reveals is that the likelihood of episodic migraine to progress to the chronic form greatly increases as the amounts of body fat increase. Chronic migraine is an extremely debilitating disorder with a natural progression of approximately 2.5 % per year from episodic migraine. The message is clear, control of body weight is not just important to prevent chronic disease development, but also to prevent a painful and debilitating condition which can greatly impact quality of life.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project