‘Being under or over weight raises migraine risk by 27%’
Migraine sufferers could prevent the misery of severe headaches by staying at a healthy weight. United States (U.S.) scientists have found being obese raises the risk of migraines, which can last up to three days, by 27 per cent.
That is because fat stored under the skin is thought to release molecules, which trigger the headaches. Women, who are three times more likely than men to get migraines, are most at risk, a study published in the journal Neurology found.
This is probably because they carry more fat than men around their middles, which is linked with chronic daily headaches. But it is not just the female and obese who are in danger, as the underweight are 13 per cent more likely to suffer the misery of migraines than those of normal weight.
This too is linked to molecules released by fatty tissue, when we have too little or too much, which may make us ill. The findings emerge from a meta-analysis of 12 studies taking in almost 300,000 people.
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