Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Vitamin D Levels of Migraine, Headache Patients


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According to information presented last month at the 52nd Annual American Headache Society meeting, patients with headache and migraine disorders should have their Vitamin D levels tested.

A small study found significantly lower than normal levels of Vitamin D among patients with headache disorders and other chronic pain conditions. This information reinforces the information presented at the 2008 meeting. Researchers believe these findings should be studied in a double-blind trial to verify the results and develop treatment approaches.

Vitamin D deficiency is most common among people with dark skin, elderly people and those who avoid the sun. Foods that are good sources of Vitamin D include salmon, tuna, mackerel and cod liver oil. Sun exposure is also an important source of Vitamin D. Finally, you can take a Vitamin D supplement, which your doctor can prescribe for you. As always, discuss these options with your doctor before you make any changes on your own.

Sources:
Vitamin D Low in Patients with Headache and Migraine
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets: Vitamin D

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