Researchers studied the issue in 22,000 people and found that both men and women with excess belly fat had a greater chance for migraines. Carrying extra weight around your middle might increase the pain in your head. New research links big waistlines to migraine headaches in young and middle-aged adults. Researchers from the Drexel College School of Medicine studied the relationship between belly fat and migraines in more than 22,000 people. They found that 37 percent of women with abdominal obesity had migraine attacks compared to 29 percent of women with normal waistlines. In men, 20 percent of those with excess belly fat experienced migraines, compared to 16 percent of those with no abdominal obesity. Waist size and migraine attacks were linked only in young and middle-aged adults. Migraine rates in seniors showed no difference depending on obesity levels. Previous research has suggested that overweight patients experience more frequent headaches as well. Some doctors theorize that perhaps hormones changes in obese people may partly increase their risk, while others blame a lack of exercise. Experts say the best way to test the connection is to see whether migraine attacks subside once patients shed their excess weight.
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