If you constantly experience headache or migraine, you might like to check your level of vitamin D level. A presentation at the 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS) suggested patients with headache and migraine have low level of vitamin D levels.
In his presentation, Dr. Krusz measured serum vitamin D levels in 100 patients. About half of these patients had new migraine or headache (n = 55) and the remaining patients had chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia, rheumatic, and neuropathic pain disorders (n = 45).
The average vitamin D level in patients with predominantly headache and migraine was 26.3 ng/mL. This level was much lower than the vitamin D level of 50.0 ng/ml recommended by the Vitamin D council.
The results of this study add to the current evidence that Vitamin D has beneficial effects to our central nervous system (CNS).
Vitamin D deficiency is more common among people with dark skin, elderly individuals, and those who avoid the sun. However, vitamin D hypersensitivity can occur in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and occult cancers. In those situations, treatment of vitamin D deficiency should be done under the care of a physician.
Source: American Headache Society (AHS) 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting: Poster 51. Presented June 26, 2010
Vitamin D council. http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
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