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Health Behaviors and Social Determinants of Migraine

Social determinants of health are associated with migraine prevalence for both men and women, a new study found. In this cross-sectional study, researchers examined the relationship between social determinants of health, health behaviors, and migraine prevalence in a sample of the Canadian population aged 45-85 years. They found:

  • The weighted prevalence of migraine for men and women was 7.5% and 19.6%, respectively.
  • There were relationships between social determinants of health and migraine for both men and women.
  • Some forms of physical activity were associated with reduced odds of migraine for women.
  • Men who engaged in daily walking as a form of leisure time physical activity had higher odds of migraine.


Hammond NG, et al. Health behaviors and social determinants of migraine in a Canadian population-based sample of adults aged 45-85 years: Findings from the CLSA. [Published online ahead of print August 2, 2019]. Headache. doi:10.1111/head.13610.