Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of chronic headache: study
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland has warned that deficiency of vitamin D could significantly increase the risk of chronic headaches in men.
The researchers studied data on a total of 2601 men aged between 42 and 60 years who were participating in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD), and found that those who had low levels of vitamin D were suffering chronic headaches more frequently in comparison to those who had higher vitamin D levels.
They tested the participants for levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a marker for vitamin D level, with 68 per cent of the men showing a serum vitamin D level of below the threshold for vitamin D deficiency (50 nmol/l).
The participants were divided into various groups based on their levels of serum vitamin D. a deeper analysis of data revealed that individuals in the group with the lowest levels of vitamin D had 116 per cent higher risk of chronic headaches as compared with those who had the highest levels of vitamin D.
Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, but one can also top up this vitamin’s levels with food items like oily fish, beef, calf liver, eggs and cod liver oil.
The European researchers reported their findings in the latest edition of the journal Scientific Reports.