An investigation by more than 74,000 French women made an unexpected discovery: Those who suffer from migraines significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The discovery is based on surveys aimed at thousands of women born between 1925 and 1950. According to the study, after adjusting according to body weight and other health factors, women with migraines had a higher risk of 30% in type 2 diabetes, the main form of blood sugar.
The finding is surprising because the migraine is linked to "insulin resistance", a metabolic condition based on type 2 diabetes, "Guy Fagherazzi, under the direction of Villejuif National Health and Medical Research Institute. In france
The findings of the groups are on the 17th of December, published in JAMA Neurology.
According to researchers, 18% of all people cause migraines, and premenopausal young people are the most vulnerable to severe headaches, an article by a specialized reporter E.J. Mundell, published by HealthDay News.
According to the new study, the types of migraine began 2 years before the disease began, and after diagnosis, "stability" was only 11 percent.
How could two diseases be connected? Two U.S. experts. They are not sure.
Dr. Noah Rosen, the director of the Northwell Health Headache Center in New York, underlined the need for a retrospective study by Great Necken New York, so it can not be shown that a disease really affects or protects others.
The tests considered body weight as a potential factor, but Rosen asked that the diet might have a role in eating habits.
"People with migraines often have an interesting relationship with food: some cause certain foods, many meals or experience dehydration," he said, reducing the risk of diabetes.
"More work needs to be done in this area," Rosen said.
Dr. Gerald Bernstein is coordinator of the Friedman Institute of Diabetes Program at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He stated, despite the French discoveries, "there is no clear physiological biology identified today."
"Without a doubt, the stress of a migraine can lead to a rise in blood sugar in people with diabetes, but this can be said," Bernstein said.
Dr. Amy Gelfand and Dr. Elizabeth Loder, from the University of California, San Francisco and the Harvard Medical School, respectively, published an editorial published jointly with the journal's research. The doctors examined the relationship between diabetes and migraine earlier.
"For a long time, headache patients talked about how patients with normal type 2 diabetes worked on mental headaches," wrote two migraine experts.
Gelfand and Loder have shown that high blood sugar that causes diabetes may reduce the production of a certain brain protein related to migraine, but this link has not yet been demonstrated.