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Surgery for Weight Loss Might Alleviate Migraine Headaches

A new research conducted by the researchers at the Miriam Hospital, reveals that bariatric surgery for weight loss might also alleviate migraine headaches. Obese people suffer from debilitating and painful migraine headaches. Obesity is one of the contributing factors for migraine. An estimated 28 million Americans, mainly women, suffer from migraine headaches. The study shows that by reducing weight through surgery, the condition can be brought under control.

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24 severely obese individuals were studied for this research. 88% participants were women with migraine problems. More than half of them had undergone laparoscopic gastric banding surgery and rest took Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. After six months, their initial average BMI of 46.6 was decreased to 34.6. The researchers also noticed that the headache frequency had significantly reduced. Nearly half of the participants observed 50% reduction of headache frequency.

According to Dale Bond, the lead author of the study, weight loss in obese people can greatly help in the treatment of migraine. Further studies are needed to find out if other weight loss options, apart from surgery, also yield similar results.

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