Mercy Gynecologist Dr. Christine O'Connor Addresses Issue Of Weight Gain In Adolescent Girls And Link To Migraines On WBAL-TV11's "Woman's Doctor"

June 20, 2011
Dr. Christine O?Connor of The Gynecology Center at Mercy

Dr. Christine O'Connor of The Gynecology Center at Mercy

It appears girls who get migraines are more likely than their peers to gain weight in their adolescent years.

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle examined the incidence of obesity and migraines together and came up with several findings.

"Patients that have migraines are more likely to be obese, and patients that are obese are more likely to have a higher number and higher severity of migraine attacks," said Mercy Medical Center gynecologist Dr. Christine O'Connor. "So there is a correlation between body mass and migraine history."

According to Dr. O’Connor, the study shows the need for young women to exercise and eat right to avoid obesity that can lead to migraines.

Adolescent girls are also affected by hormone related migraines, so it's important to see a doctor.

The study has been published in the journal Headache.


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