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4 Groups of People That Are At Highest Risk For Migraines

Head pain from migraines and headaches are one of the most common types of pain we experience. Unfortunately, though, certain groups of people are at higher risk for developing headaches than others.

Here’s a break down at the four groups who are more prone to headaches and migraines.


Women are three times more likely than men to experience headaches — particularly migraines. This can largely be attributed to changes in hormone levels, such as those that occur during a woman’s period or while she is pregnant. Some women also experience frequent or serious headaches in the years leading up to menopause (known as perimenopause).

Obese Teenagers or Adults

Being overweight can make someone more prone to headaches. The exact reason why is not entirely clear, although experts think it could be because overweight people are more likely to eat a lot of processed foods, which contain headache triggers like sugar or caffeine. Or it could be because obese people are prone to poor sleep quality, which is another headache trigger. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that obesity doesn’t cause headaches or migraines but is rather a risk factor.


The nicotine in tobacco changes the size of the blood vessels in the brain, which can lead to a headache. Smoke is also an allergen to some people and can cause allergy-related headaches. This is true not only for smokers but also for people that are exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke.

People With a Family History of Migraines

Researchers have discovered that specific genes, passed on by family members, may play a part in whether someone is prone to migraine headaches. Studies show that as many as 90 percent of people that suffer from migraines have a family history of severe headaches.

We are Pasadena’s Headache Specialists

If you experience frequent or severe headaches, you should speak to us at Pasadena Pain Management to determine the root cause. There could be genetic or environmental factors at play. Or, if we rule out hormones, a family history or lifestyle factors, we could discover that problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are contributing to your headaches.

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About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.