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Low vitamin D status linked with increased risk of frequent headaches among men

Posted on: January 10, 2017   by  Vitamin D Council


A recent study published by the journal Scientific Reports found that vitamin D levels below 16 ng/ml were associated with frequent headaches among middle aged men.

A total of 2,601 men between the ages of 42-60 years from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) from eastern Finland were included in the study. The participants were divided into quartiles based off their vitamin D status:

  • Quartile 1: < 11.6 ng/ml
  • Quartile 2: 11.6-16 ng/ml
  • Quartile 3: 16.1-22 ng/ml
  • Quartile 4: >22 ng/ml

The participants filled out a questionnaire regarding the occurrence of frequent headaches. Those were considered to have frequent headaches if they developed a headache on a daily or weekly basis.

Here is what the researchers found:

  • The average vitamin D status of all participants was 17.4 ng/ml.
  • A total of 250 men (9.6%) experienced frequent headaches.
  • The average vitamin D status was significantly lower among those who suffer from frequent headaches compared to their healthy counterparts (15.3 ng/ml and 17.6 ng/ml, respectfully; p < 0.001).
  • Those in the lowest quartile experienced a 113% increased odds of experiencing frequent headaches compared to those in the highest quartile.

The researchers concluded,

“In this cross-sectional population-based cohort study among middle-aged men from eastern Finland, low serum 25(OH)D concentration was associated with a higher risk of frequent headache.”


Virtanen, J. et al. Low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with higher risk of frequent headache in middle-aged and older men. Scientific Reports, 2016. 

1 Response to Low vitamin D status linked with increased risk of frequent headaches among men

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    Here are 15 studies which link headaches to low vitamin D and 5 studies which link it to low magnesium, and one study which found a great virtual elimination of cluster headaches when BOTH Vitamin D and Magnesium were taken. https://vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=3437

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