Women are really plagued by headaches, nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from migraines

It’s more than an excuse to turn down a hype — women really do get plagued by headaches.

Studies show that twice as many women as men suffer from migraines.

According to one study, twice as many women as men suffer from migraines

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According to one study, twice as many women as men suffer from migrainesPhoto credit: Getty

They are also twice as likely to have a headache 15 days a month.

Overall, headaches have been found to be worryingly common, with it being believed to affect more than half of the world’s population.

On any given day, more than one in seven people is said to be affected.

The numbers come from Norwegian researchers who analyzed data from 350 previous studies.

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Professor Lars Jacob Stovner said: “The prevalence of headache disorders remains high worldwide and exposure to different species can affect many.

“We should strive to reduce that burden through prevention and better treatment.

“To measure the impact of such efforts, we need to be able to monitor prevalence and exposure in societies. Our study helps us to understand how we can improve our methods.”

The team acknowledged that the majority of the publications they reviewed came from high-income countries with good health systems, so the results may not reflect all countries.

Prof Stovner added: “Compared to our previous report and global estimates, the data suggest that the frequency of headaches and migraines could be increasing.

“However, given that we could only explain 30 percent or less of the variability in headache estimates using the measures we studied, it would be premature to conclude that headaches are definitely increasing.

“It is clear that headache disorders are widespread worldwide and can represent a high burden.

“It might also be of interest in the future to analyze the different causes of headaches that differ in the groups in order to target prevention and treatment more effectively.”

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5103951/twice-many-women-men-migraines/ Women are really plagued by headaches, nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from migraines

Sarah Y. Kim

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