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Low Vitamin D Levels Increases the Risk for Chronic Headaches

Alan R. Jacobs, MD

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August 03, 2017

This is the Medscape Neurology Minute. I'm Dr Alan Jacobs.

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have published a study investigating the relationship between vitamin D status and the risk for frequent headache.[1]

They assessed 2601 men, aged 42-60 years in 1984-1989, from a population-based cohort derived from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study.

They made cross-sectional associations of self-reported frequent headache, defined as weekly or daily headaches and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.

In those with frequent headache, the average serum vitamin D concentration was 38.3 nmol/L; while in those without frequent headache, the average vitamin D concentration was 43.9 nmol/L.

Those in the lowest serum vitamin D quartile had 113% higher odds for frequent headache compared with those in the highest quartile.

The authors concluded that low serum vitamin D concentrations are associated with a markedly higher risk for frequent headaches in men.

This has been the Medscape Neurology Minute. I'm Dr Alan Jacobs.

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