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AAN 2024 | Regulating metabolism in migraine: diet, exercise, and sleep

Elizabeth Leroux, MD, FCRP, University of Calgary, Canada, discusses the possible connection between metabolic factors and migraine and suggests lifestyle changes that can be made to regulate metabolism. Dr Leroux recommends changes to improve the diet such as reducing refined sugar and increasing whole grains and fiber which can stabilize glucose levels. Exercise and sleep are also vital to regulate metabolism. However, it is highlighted that establishing a causative relationship between metabolism and migraine may impart blame on people with migraine for having an unhealthy lifestyle. It is also necessary to consider aspects of metabolism which are outside an individual’s control, such as light, air, and noise in one’s environment. This interview took place at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting 2024 in Denver, CO.

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