Migraine and Elevated Cholesterol, Triglycerides Linked in Elderly

Elderly sufferers of migraine with aura are more likely to have elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, a study finds.

Elderly individuals who suffer from migraine with aura are more likely to have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels than peers who do not suffer from headache, a new study finds. The study was published online last week in the journal Cephalalgia.

The researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of 1,155 participants in the Epidemiology of Vascular Ageing Study, a longitudinal study conducted between 1991 and 1993 on participants aged 59 to 71 and living in Nantes, France. Of the participants, 925 had no severe headache; 64 had a non-migraine headache; and 166 had migraines, 23 of which had aura.

Compared with those without headache, those who had migraine with aura were much more likely to have elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. There was no significant association between those in any other headache group and increased biomarker levels.

Source

Associations between lipid levels and migraine: Cross-sectional analysis in the Epidemiology of Vascular Ageing Study (abstract) [Cephalalgia]