The Migraine-Sugar Connection

Abigail Libers suffered from migraines for more than 20 years. Like many migraineurs, the pain and frequency of her migraines increased during the pandemic. By November 2020, she had gone from getting a migraine a few times a week to having one every single day. No amount of medication eased the pain, and as each excruciating day blurred into the next, she became desperate for relief.

After some digging, she found a book that stressed the importance of cutting back on carbs and sugar to prevent migraine attacks and decided to give it a try. To her surprise, within six weeks, she saw a dramatic improvement in her symptoms. She went weeks at a time without a migraine, and when she did get one, it was far less severe than it had been in the past.

She didn’t realize it at the time, but she had taken a critical step in improving her metabolic health: By reducing the glucose load on her body, she had decreased the role of insulin, which is closely linked to migraine.

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