Lower Vitamin D Levels in Men Linked to Increased Frequency of Headache

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Pain & Headache , Research and Publications


Low levels of vitamin D was associated with markedly higher risk of frequent headache in men, according to new findings published in Scientific Reports (Article number: 39697, 2017). Investigating the associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitaminD [25(OH)D] and risk of frequent headache, researchers evaluated 2,601 men from a heart disease risk study. They found that 9.6 percent of men reported frequent headache and that the average serum 25(OH)D concentration in these individuals was 38.nmol/L (SD 18.8), after adjusting for age and year and month of blood draw. The average serum 25(OH)D among those without frequent headache was 43.9 nmol/L (SD 18.9). After multivariable adjustments, those in the lowest vs. the highest serum 25(OH)D quartile had 113 percent (95% CI 42, 218%) higher odds for frequent headache, the researchers noted.

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