Migraine Could Be A Result Of Vitamin D Deficiency

By Dipannita - 14 Jun '16 14:29PM

Researchers around the world believed previously that migraine could be a result of genetic and environment factors. However, a new study suggests that vitamin D deficiency could also be the reason behind the pulsating headaches that are often difficult to control.

According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, children and youngsters who suffered from migraine also had a mild vitamin D deficiency, in addition to lower levels of coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin.

During the study, the researchers analyzed the data for migraine patients. They checked for the baseline vitamin D, folate, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 levels. The researchers discovered that young women and teenage girls were more likely to suffer from coenzyme Q10 deficiency at baseline, as compared to young boys.

In addition, the team found that migraine also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in women. On the other hand, men and young boys were more likely to have vitamins D deficiency.

Subjects who suffered from severe migraine that occur at regular intervals were at an increase risk of coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin deficiency, as compared to those who experienced migraine at infrequent intervals or with irregular frequency.

The researchers say that more study is required to figure out whether giving vitamin supplements to patients with migraine can help reduce the severity of the condition. The team is, however, not sure whether it could really help.

A majority of patients involved in the study were already on preventive migraine medicine. Some of them were also taking vitamin supplements. However, a majority of them were not taking any supplements and that is why it is difficult for the researchers to conclude whether vitamins deficiency could be the potential reason behind migraine.

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