The Link Between Migraine and Obesity

Obesity is a global epidemic that can cause devastating health problems. The link between obesity, heart disease and diabetes is well documented, but many people do not know about the link between obesity and headaches.

When a migraine hits, it can feel like a freight train, taking you down for the entire day. Whether you suffer from headaches and migraines regularly or you get a huge migraine at least once a month, you will want to find out the best way of reducing or preventing these attacks.

It is a well known fact that obesity can cause serious health problems. However, it is only certain symptoms such as diabetes and heart disease that are widely known and understood. Recent research is also suggesting there could be a direct link between obesity and headaches or migraines.

Do You Know Your BMI?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is the tool that is commonly used to measure our levels of obesity. A BMI of 30 or more could put you at risk of suffering from chronic headaches on a daily basis. A BMI of 30 to 35 puts you in the class I obesity bracket. Research has shown that headaches can start to appear when a person gains weight and goes above a healthy BMI. A healthy BMI of 20 seems to be the answer for avoiding headaches that are weight related.

Whether you have suddenly put on weight, it has piled on over time or you have been overweight all your life, aiming to get your weight down to a healthy BMI is a sensible solution to headaches and other medical issues.

If a high BMI is linked to headache, it makes sense to do something about that problem. By losing weight, you can benefit from a range of health benefits including a reduction in the amount of headaches you are experiencing.

Research has also shown that there is a link between the body’s metabolism and the frequency of headaches. It also seems that being underweight can bring its fair share of headache problems. This would suggest that headache sufferers should aim for the healthiest BMI possible according to their body frame and height.

Is Your Weight Causing Chronic Headaches?

In the 60s and 70s, research was carried out on people suffering from headaches. The reason for this research was that more and more people were suffering from headaches, but physicians had no idea why. Coincidentally, it was around this time that the average US waistline started to expand and experts realized there was a direct connection between obesity and headaches.

What has not yet been determined, however, is whether this problem is genetic or whether the headaches occur as soon as the body starts to become obese. These studies are still ongoing and you can be sure we will bring you an update as soon as we can.

There also seems to be a link between a person’s metabolism and their susceptibility to headaches. Strangely, there were also increased headaches in patients who were underweight.

How the National Headache Institute Can Help

At the National Headache Institute, we work with many patients to determine the cause of their headaches and what we can do to alleviate that pain. We can give you advice on how to improve your lifestyle, ease your headache symptoms, and eventually be headache-free.

We offer a range of innovative and proven headache treatments and we would be happy to arrange an appointment at your convenience with one of our experienced headache experts. Making some changes to your diet and lifestyle could be the answer to reducing and avoiding headaches and migraine.

Make those headaches a thing of the past by speaking to the headache experts at the National Headache Institute. Call us or use our contact form to book a consultation.

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