TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING CAN BE BAD FOR YOU
Summer is approaching fast and outdoor sporting pursuits are calling. But did you know that out of the ten percent of the UK population that suffer from migraines, a considerable number will suffer from an attack during or after exercise?
Migraine attacks are provoked by ‘triggers', which are individual to each sufferer, and one particular trigger can be strenuous exercise, such as competitive sport. This is because, when someone is exercising, the muscles in their body need more blood so the blood vessels widen, especially those just under the skin – which is why people exercising will get a flushed face. The blood pressure also rises, and the combination of both causes further stretching of the already dilated blood vessels inside the head – which may also cause a migraine. In addition to this many people do not eat before exercising and this can cause a drop in blood sugar levels – another cause of migraine.
However, if you are a keen sports enthusiast, MigraleveTM, the only over-the-counter treatment specifically for migraine has some simple steps to help you reduce the likelihood of suffering from an attack. These are as follows:
Take glucose tablets just prior to exercising – followed by some more, either at half time or immediately after the game of exercise.
Before exercising, eat a banana one hour beforehand, because bananas contain sugar and carbohydrates.
Always have a supply of water or an energy drink to avoid dehydration during sporting activity.
To help manage your migraines effectively, Migraleve has produced a booklet entitled ‘Migraine a piece by piece guide' which gives detailed information on common causes, triggers and advice about dealing with the condition. For a free copy write to: MIG40/xx, PO Box 100, Warrington, WA4 6FB, ENGLAND.