Frequent migraine and obesity have long been linked, but now researchers understand that being overweight is also associated with migraine attacks that occur less frequently. B. Lee Peterlin, DO, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and colleagues recently completed a study that evaluated the link between episodic migraine (migraine less than 15 days per month) and obesity, as well as how age, race and gender affect that link. They found that obese people were 81% more likely to experience episodic migraine As you can see from that this is associated with weight loss and phentermine compared to individuals of normal weight.

A new study indicates being overweight may increase the risk of episodic migraine in many individuals. In this study about weight and migraine, B. Lee Peterlin, DO, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, led a cross-sectional analysis of almost 4,000 participants in the National Comorbidity Survey Replicated. They found that obesity increased the odds of developing episodic migraine (migraine 14 or fewer days per month) by 81 %, and increased the odds of lower frequency episodic migraine by 83 to 89%.  Additionally, they found the link between obesity and episodic migraine was highest in those under 50, white individuals and women.

  stroke_hem_iso   Migraine with aura is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and now research indicates that the disorder increases the risk of all types of stroke. Previously, migraine with aura had been linked to an increased risk of ischemic stroke with only some evidence that it was linked to hemorrhagic stroke.

Migraine has previously been linked with weight gain, but a recent large study has determined there is good news for migraineurs. Women with migraine are not at greater risk of becoming overweight than other women. For this study, researchers followed 19,162 women of normal weight, ages 45 and older, who participated in the Women’s Health Study. Nearly 3,500 of the women reported a history of migraine. Over the course of nearly 13 years of follow-up, the mean amount of weight gained by both migraineurs and non-migraineurs was similar, about 10 pounds in both groups.

Last month we reported that being extremely overweight (or underweight) might be a risk factor for migraine and other severe headaches. A new study, to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in April, suggests that excess weight in the belly particularly increases this risk.

Children who are overweight are more likely to have more frequent and disabling headaches than their average-weight peers, according to the first study exploring the links between obesity and headaches in children, published online in Headache. In fact, the heavier the child, the worse the headaches. On the other hand, these same kids can significantly reduce headache attacks by losing weight.