Even though migraines can be extremely uncomfortable, this study says that it might be something to be thankful for.
Migraines are nightmarish at best. The pounding pain that lasts for hours, or even days, can occur weekly and cause symptoms like light sensitivity, nausea, or stomachaches. It seems like there is nothing good about it at all, but a study published on Jama Neurology involving more than 74000 French women has shown a surprising result – people who suffer from migraines have a significantly lower risk of type two diabetes.
Women get the worst headaches
Through a survey done on women born between 1925 to 1950, it was found that women with migraines had a 30 per cent lower risk of type two diabetes. The study showed that migraines seemed to decline before type two diabetes was on its incline.
This WebMD article states that according to the researchers, migraines affect almost 18 per cent of people and young, premenopausal women get the most severe headaches. A team led by Guy Fagherazzi of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Villejuif in France were surprised because migraines have been linked to insulin resistance.
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How migraines affect your diet
Dr. Noah Rosen from the Northwell Health Headache Center in Great Neck told WebMD that “People with migraines often have an interesting relationship with food, some find certain foods a trigger.” Since healthy foods are usually better for preventing headaches, their diabetes risk is also lower.
One-third of people who suffer from migraines find that alcohol triggers pain. Though its exact relationship with migraines is still unknown, it could be due to the chemical histamine that spurs the immune system to produce more, causing inflammation in your body. When the headache-prone cuts down on alcohol, it naturally leads to a lower risk of diabetes.
Why migraines make you live a healthier lifestyle
Other factors that can cause migraines are stress, caffeine, exhaustion, skipping meals, and irregular sleep. Therefore, someone with migraines is more likely to manage their stress better and take care of their daily routine to regulate their body. These habits contribute to living healthy and lower diabetes risk overall.