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Obesity and chronic daily headache.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current pain and headache reports
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
56–61
Identifiers
PMID: 18417025
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Population studies suggest that obesity is associated with migraine progression from episodic to chronic daily headaches. Although not a risk factor for episodic migraine, obesity is associated with frequent and severe headaches among migraineurs. We suggest that obesity is an exacerbating factor for migraine. This association seems to be specific to migraine and does not apply to tension-type headache. We review the clinical evidence that links obesity and migraine progression. We then review the potential pathophysiologic mechanisms to support this relationship. We close by briefly discussing clinical interventions related to obesity and migraine.

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