What Every Migraineur Should Know
Indeed, no one tells migraineurs the biggest risk of all: insulin resistance (IR) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Why don’t doctors tell them? Most likely because they don’t know. As some of you know, I specialize in migraines because I am a migraineur (I should say “I was” since I can prevent every migraine now) and because I am a scientists, so I am in a perfect spot for conducting migraine research–on people and not lab rats.
I have a hard time accepting lab rats with migraines where a migraine is caused by scientists so they can study migraines. Not because they are rats and we don’t actually know what they feel when they experience a migraine (if they even can experience that), but because migraine is not just a pain in the head and it is not possible to cause a migraine in a brain that is not preset to be a migraine brain. This needs a tad more explanation that you can read here, in an article I wrote in May of 2017.
Ironically rats and all wild animals have “migraine brain” setup but they don’t experience migraines for a reason: they need to use that brain the right way with all of its sensitivities and special features. All wild animals have a sensitized hyper alert brain (like migraineurs do–this is explained in the article I linked to) else they are food for another animal. I have trouble with scientists causing pain to anyone who has not consented to such, even if that is a lab rat. Furthermore, since migraine is a series of events that fall like dominoes, ending up in a migraine, the scientists causing pain to rats are not really causing migraines just a headache.
IR and T2D Shake Hands with Migraineurs
Just about every scientific journal article on migraines connects migraines with metabolic syndrome (both IR and T2D are part of that syndrome), but they always write “mechanism not yet understood.” However, the mechanism is actually quite clearly understood–at least by me. So let me share just the basics now as the whole concept is going to be explained in great detail in the extended edition of my original book (which I am told is missing page numbers now after I fired my publisher–sorry about that; the new extended edition will have page numbers).
In short: migraineurs have a different brain; it is always on alert; it is hyper sensitive with its sensory organs (hence the sensitivity to smells, sounds, light, etc.,); it uses more voltage (that is bigger voltage and more often); it needs a different electrolyte concentration to make it function; and it sports over 1000 genetic variances, of which the first 40 or so are related to the brain’s voltage control mechanism (ionic channels), ATP issues with solute carriers variance (this is glucose), insulin issues (here is the IR connection), and mitochondrial variations (some more energy difference).
Thus migraineurs are predisposed to not handle eating glucose or fructose (in other words not just sugar but fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and all grains are trouble foods for migraineurs) very well. When migraineurs stop eating these foods, their migraines vanish! Eating foods high in glucose and fructose for easy access (candies and sweets) or those types of carbs that very fast convert to glucose (grains, starches–rice, potatoes, tapioca, all underground-grown veggies, legumes), high sugar containing food (fruits, juices, and prepared foods of any kind), are all trouble for migraineurs because of their genetics. In my migraine group on Facebook I recommend to all of my migraineurs to use a glucose meter and to run an initial test to see if they have glucose problems–so far every migraineur who tested does have at least IR and some T2D. I also have a second migraine group where we use the ketogenic diet for migraine. In that group both glucose and beta hydroxybutyrate (blood ketones) must be tested regularly.
Most medicines that migraineurs get cross the blood brain barrier. They all cross using the glucose metabolic processes that are not functioning well in migraineurs. Therefore, the medicines migraineurs receive end up causing IR and then later T2D. Unfortunately all medicines that are prescribed for migraines will do this, including those that are cardio vascular, such as Propranolol, because these also cross the blood brain barrier.
I am starting a series on HormonesMatter about IR and T2D and though the series will not be specific to migraineurs, it is important for all migraineurs to also read it. When the first of the series airs I will post a link here for all to read.
Comments are always welcome!