Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines? | Health News

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Could migraine risk be affected by sexual orientation? A new study suggests that the answer may be yes.

After tracking migraines among thousands of American adults, investigators found that men and women who identify as gay, bisexual or mostly but not exclusively heterosexual have a notably higher migraine risk.

“Lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals were 58% more likely to experience a migraine compared to heterosexual individuals,” said lead author Dr. Jason Nagata, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Nearly a third of gay, lesbian and bisexual study participants had experienced a migraine, Nagata noted.

“We also found that individuals who identified as mostly heterosexual but with some same-sex attractions were more likely to experience a migraine, compared to those who identified as exclusively heterosexual,” he added.

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