Migraines and blood sugar problems share genetic risk factors

For someone prone to migraines, a missed meal could be a quick route to an attack. Imbalanced blood sugar is a known trigger for migraines and others types of headaches. Now a new study adds genetic evidence to support the link and could potentially inform future migraine treatment strategies.

By analyzing genomic data from tens of thousands of people, researchers have identified genetic links between migraines and problems regulating blood sugar levels. Their findings suggest a common genetic basis for the disorders and also point to new migraine-related genes for further study, the team reports in an article published Feb. 20 in the journal human genetics (opens in new tab).

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