Written by Sadie Wirthlin 

Migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world and affect an average of at least one person in every one of four US households. Often perceived as “bad headaches,” migraines are much more than that, and if you have had one before, you know it! Migraines cause intense throbbing throughout the head and may be accompanied with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound and vision problems. There’s a reason that migraines can be one of the most painful and day-paralyzing experiences.

Several studies have been done trying to pin point why migraines occur and how to prevent them. Research varies per person, and each places blame on things such as diet, genetics and deficiencies. Although these factors may play a role, a recent study dives in a little deeper and makes an unexpected discovery.

A team of researchers at the International Headache Genetics Consortium (IHGC) took thousands of adults who suffer from migraines and studied their genetics; they then compared their findings to those who don’t suffer from migraines. Their results: 28 new genetic variants associated with migraines. Not only that, but researchers also found that the majority of these genetic variants overlapped with genes that regulate the vascular system, or that have been linked to vascular disease. This indicates that migraines can occur due to impaired blood vessel function.

Members of the IHGC are hopeful that this new information will be used to inspire additional studies and lead the way to finding personalized, evidence-based treatment for those who suffer from migraines. This discovery is the first substantial step towards really helping individuals with this illness.

Source: Migraine: Discovery of new genetic risk variants supports a vascular cause. Honor Whiteman. June 25, 2016. Medicalnewstoday.com

 

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Sadie Wirthlin

Sadie Wirthlin

Sadie grew up in Rigby, Idaho, dancing and playing sports. She moved to Utah to pursue her dreams and to attend Brigham Young University. There she studied Exercise and Wellness and was apart of the BYU Cougarette Dance Team. During this time, Sadie had the opportunity to travel worldwide for dance, work/volunteer for various health companies, and continue in her love of overall wellness. Her work has always involved writing and she continues to keep up with the latest health topics! Sadie graduated from BYU in August 2015 and recently married the love of her life. She is a fun loving 25 year old with a passion for nutrition, traveling, and exploring.
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