Migraine may signal one of these four endocrine disorders

The statistics for chronic migraines show that it’s not just a common condition, it’s become an epidemic in our country. In fact, it’s estimated that 39 million Americans now live with the disorder.

Yet, most people have no idea why they get those migraines in the first place.

Yes, we all know that women are more likely to end up with these crippling headaches than men (three times more likely). And, we understand that a family history of migraines means we’re at higher risk. But, the truth is that neither of those things actually explains the why behind the pain.

So, if you, like me have been living with migraines, you may be wondering what in the world is driving the condition that drives you to a dark room and into bed.

And, the answer might just be an endocrine disorder.

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The endocrine-migraine link

Put simply when you hear the term endocrine system, it means any of your glands and organs that make the hormones that help your body function properly. This means that everything from your thyroid and adrenal glands to your pancreas (which makes insulin) is part of your endocrine system.

And, this system and the hormones it’s responsible for have a big impact on your health and as it turns out, a big impact on whether or not you end up with migraines.

A report published in the journal, Cephalalgia, adds further evidence that having an endocrine-related condition is likely to increase your risk of migraine headaches. That means there could be a potentially serious condition behind your migraines.

In fact, four endocrine disorders have now been linked to the development of migraines and we’re going to count them down for you…

#1 – Prediabetes

You don’t end up with diabetes overnight. In fact, it’s a condition that can take years to develop and the beginning stage is known as prediabetes or insulin resistance.

And, if you fall into that category, you have a five times greater risk of migraines than those with normal sensitivity to the hormone.

Surprisingly enough, it’s been found that once you tip over into full-blown type 2 diabetes, that link goes away. Of course, that’s not how you want this to go, though. Your doctor can help determine if you are prediabetic. There are also signs you can look for as well so you can take steps to turn that trajectory around.

#2 – Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism or low thyroid is also linked to chronic migraines in what researchers call a “bidirectional association”.

This means that if you have low thyroid function, you’re more likely to develop migraines. And, if you have migraines, you’re more likely to end up with low thyroid function.

It’s certainly something to ask your doctor about. In the meantime, you can read about what’s behind low thyroid, here.

#3 – High or Low Body Weight

Your endocrine system and your weight are inextricably intertwined since so many of your hormones affect your metabolism and therefore how much you weigh.

This means that keeping a normal body weight could help you stave off migraines.

On the other hand, both obesity and low body weight can up your chances of migraines significantly (a 27 percent higher risk for those who are obese and a 13 percent higher risk for those with low body weight).

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#4 – Metabolic Syndrome

If you haven’t heard of metabolic syndrome before, here’s a quick crash course.

The syndrome isn’t actually a disease in and of itself. Instead, it’s a cluster of other issues that increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Excess body fat around your waist
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels

And, the syndrome has now been linked to the development of migraine, especially migraines with aura. Metabolic syndrome is serious business.

What all of this means is that migraines are not necessarily an isolated disorder.

And, in order to find relief from your migraines, you have to address all aspects of your health (especially your endocrine system). Have your insulin and thyroid checked and monitored regularly, keep track of your body weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, and take steps to improve these issues, including diet and exercise.

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  1. Migraines Coexist with Endocrine Conditions: What to Know, What to Do — EndocrineWeb
Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.