Study reveals that migraines may lead to depression in women

A new study has revealed that women who have migraine are 40 percent more likely to develop depression during their lifetime. The risk of developing the depression was compared with women who do not have migraine.

The study is part of the wider ongoing studies titled Women’s Health Study. Doctors are analyzing data on more than 36,000 women in the study. None of the study subjects had depression at the start of the study but 6,456 of the subjects had experienced migraine at least once before.

Dr. Tobias Kurth of epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was the study leader. After the study period which was 14 years, the researchers reported that about 3,971 of the subjects had developed depression. It was identified that women who had experienced migraine in their lives once were 36 percent likely to have depression.

The risk goes up in women who have had migraine more than once in their lives. The researchers reported that they were 41 percent more likely to have depression in their lives when compared to those who have never had migraine.

Kurth stated that, “We hope our findings will encourage doctors to speak to their migraine patients about the risk of depression and potential ways to prevent depression.”

The study is expected to be presented during the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in New Orleans in April.

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