Losing Weight Can Help Reduce Obesity Induced Migraine Headaches


If you struggle with migraine headaches, obesity could be a marker that is making things worse for you. Given that obesity has been reported to have negative impacts in the development of chronic diseases, it isn’t surprising that the same ends up making things a lot worse than normal.

A new study (R) conducted by the researchers from The Endocrine Society found that for migraine suffers who are obese as well, losing weight can actually help in getting rid of the constant headaches and discomfort that one is likely experiencing. The same has been found to help improve the overall quality of life as well.

Claudio Pagano, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Padova in Padova, Italy, who is also the lead author of the study, suggested saying that if you are someone who has been struggling with migraine headaches and are obese at the same time, losing weight is the only way to alleviate the condition. It is also expected to help improve the overall quality of life as well.

The researchers further said that losing weight helps in reducing the risks of migraine, mainly because of the fact that it helps in getting rid of the triggers that is causing the condition in the first place. When people lose weight successfully, the same has also been found to have direct links in decreasing the risks associated with the number of days that one suffers from migraine.

The researchers also looked into the impacts of weight loss via bariatric surgery as well as behavioural intervention to further find whether or not the same has possible impacts on the body or not, in terms of reducing the migraine headaches as well.

Pagano, along with the fellow researchers looked into the research databases including prospects of pain intensity, discomfort, and headache frequency as well as the overall attack duration to further find better ways to help cure the condition.

The study included the meta analysis of 473 patients including 10 studies that was inclusive of the criteria that the researchers put down. The researchers also found that the effects on the risks and intensity of the migraine headaches was similar with the weight loss, be it with the bariatric surgery or even with the behavioural changes.

Pagano stated saying that weight loss had direct impacts in reducing the risks associated with the chronic conditions including hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and other accessory conditions.

They further highlighted the fact saying that the condition of obesity is very common, especially that in the industrialized countries. Improving the overall quality of life and the risks of the disabilities and chronic diseases can help the population suffering and even help in mitigating the unnecessary healthcare costs.

The reasons and the possible triggers that link migraine with obesity and other respective issues are still unknown. But, the researchers believe that the constant rise in the inflammatory markers in the body could be a possible reason behind the persistent migraine headaches and discomfort.