Coffee and Chocolate May Trigger Migraines

As researchers examined what food and drinks were most commonly linked to migraine and tension-type headache in Malaysian patients, they found that coffee and chocolate were reported most often.

Globally, individuals experience headache; however, there is limited data and research on certain factors that influence headache around the world. A recent study examined the dietary trigger factors of migraine and tension-type headache (TTH) in Malaysian patients, finding that coffee and chocolate are the most common.

The researchers recruited patients presenting with migraine and TTH to a neurology clinic between April 2010 and June 2017 for the study. Each patient received a comprehensive dietary list consisting of 25 specified types of food and drink items, in addition to other unspecified types of food and drink items, which were potential dietary triggers.

“An assessment of the trigger factors of headache will be beneficial and important in the management of headache,” the study explained. “Moreover, the headaches which are presented to the secondary or tertiary care clinics are burdensome to the patients. The frequent headaches and especially the disabling headaches, may make the trigger factors more obvious to the patients.”

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