Today, on a science blog, my article was published about migraine as a metabolic disease. It is a new concept. Do you agree?
The logic is as follows: I work with thousands of migraineurs. I now require in-home 5-hour blood glucose testing for all migraineurs. Of those who so far have taken this 5-hour test, nearly all show insulin resistance to various degrees (hyperglycemia to reactive hypoglycemia).
Given that the cause of migraine is well understood–also written by me and you can find it here and here and here, the genetic cause of migraine lead to many of the genetic variances that hasten metabolic diseases as well. Thus, migraineurs are predisposed to metabolic disorders. And while this may sound uninteresting in and of itself, there is a caveat.
Why Migraineurs are Diagnosed Late
Migraineurs don’t meet the definition of metabolic disorders and hence are not tested for it. Most migraineurs are slim and have low blood pressure plus they rarely if ever have low HDL. They may sport higher triglycerides before they start my protocol, but soon after their triglycerides drop and yet they still remain migraineurs with a predisposition to metabolic disorders. Even, often their fasting glucose is normal but when testing glucose further, we can see they have a glucose metabolism problem.
Hence, my suggestion is that migraine is a metabolic disease. Please read the article and share to migraineurs, so they know that they need to reduce carbohydrates in their diet as well as take additional steps, as listed in my book.
Comments are welcome, as always.
About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.
Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population.
Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease.
As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017.
Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters.
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