Against the migraine

A migraine is more than just a headache. It’s a debilitating condition that can knock you off your feet for hours–sometimes days. To make matters worse, there’s no clear cause. Or cure.

But a new study points to one potentially powerful solution. And I can’t say it surprises me at all.

Researchers looked at data from nearly 4,000 adults with an average age of 47. Of these, 188 subjects struggled with migraines, spending an average of 41 days each year suffering with an attack.

Numbers revealed a noteworthy trend. Obese subjects–that is, those with a BMI of 30 or higher–were 81 percent likely to wind up with migraines than normal-weight subjects. The more obese the subjects were, the greater their risk. And this connection was especially prominent among white women under the age of 50.

These results don’t necessarily mean that losing weight is an effective way to reduce migraines. Nor do they mean that obesity is a definite cause.

But let’s be honest. There aren’t many issues you can’t improve by dropping excess weight. And for lifelong migraine sufferers, it’s a strategy that’s certainly worth a try.

“Obesity increases risk of having migraines.” Washington Post. 16 Sept. 2013.