A Medscape article called “CV Event Risk Climbs in Women With Migraine” reported on a comprehensive analysis of the famous Nurses’ Health Study. Researchers found that women with migraine had a 50% higher risk for developing major cardiovascular disease. They were also more likely to have hypertension, elevated cholesterol, a family history of MI before age 60, and be obese – all magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Doctors do not know why the two are linked (they don’t even consider magnesium deficiency) but they theorize that increased thrombogenic susceptibility (blood clotting), shared genetic markers, and systemic inflammation may play a role.
My thinking immediately turns to magnesium deficiency when I hear about:
*Increased blood clotting – magnesium keeps the blood from being too thick or too thin by balancing the concentration of the blood.
*Systemic inflammation – a major magnesium deficiency symptom.
*Genetic markers – magnesium is an important epigenetic factor that turns genes on and off.
Magnesium deficiency is common in people with migraines and taking therapeutic magnesium is the best treatment. Just google migraine, magnesium and my name to find the many blogs I’ve written on the topic. The same for heart disease – magnesium deficiency is rampant in this condition. So, the most common factor associating these two conditions is magnesium deficiency!
What is allopathetic medicine going to do about this new report – besides ignore magnesium? They are asking whether they should be more aggressive in their drug treatment of migraine to reduce later-life heart risk. And some want to dive in immediately and treat all migraine sufferers with statins and aspirin. One doctor cautioned that in spite of “their intuitive appeal” to use more drugs, a recent data analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative showed that women with migraine and aura who took aspirin actually had an increased risk of MI. it’s my thinking that all the drugs used to treat migraine cause so much magnesium deficiency in a person that heart disease is not far behind.
Unfortunately, I don’t see a study in the offing to treat a few thousand migraine sufferers with ReMag and determine its protective factor against heart disease over time. So, once again, it’s up to you to be your own doctor. It’s also up to you to tell everyone you know who has migraines to take ReMag and not only stop their headaches but also protect against heart disease.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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