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Weight: is it associated with migraine?

Being overweight or obese is associated with chronic migraine.

Many studies have confirmed this. In consequence, physicians are taught to advise people with migraine [1] to «lose weight».

Is there anything more frustrating than being told that «you should lose weight

Like it was an easy thing to do! Even people who are otherwise healthy struggle with the famous «losing a few pounds».

Suffering from migraine may even be the cause for the weight gain to start with!

Still, even if the reality is unfair, we must face it. Losing weight may improve migraine and your general health. To take action, it’s important to understand WHY weight might make your migraines worse.

Here are some scientifically demonstrated facts on how weight influences the brain:

Are you ready to take action now?

Many approaches can be used to lose weight. Health care professionals all agree: it has to be done progressively, with reasonable and long term changes to what you eat but also why and how you eat. (See this post [4]).

A warning about idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri)

This condition is seen mostly in obese women, and it is associated with migraine. It is associated with chronic headaches but also the following red flags:

If you have one or more of these red flags, you should seek medical advice and get an eye exam looking for swelling of the optic disk. (See this post [5])