A Clinical Approach to Addressing Diet with Migraine Patients

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2017 Feb;17(2):17. doi: 10.1007/s11910-017-0721-6.


Purpose of review: Migraine is a common disorder causing attacks of neurological dysfunction and pain. Treatment ranges from pharmacological to lifestyle changes to improve both frequency and severity of attacks. Focus on lifestyle changes, especially diet, is often discussed during clinical visits in the care of migraine patients.

Recent findings: Diet may play a role in triggering migraine, but available evidence on migraine and diet is limited. When advising patients on dietary changes to improve migraine, it is important to acknowledge the limits in evidence and the larger role that diet may play in lifestyle changes. This review will focus on current evidence on the effect of diet and migraine and use a case to illustrate how to approach diet changes in a patient with migraine.

Keywords: Diet; Food; Headache; Migraine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Migraine Disorders / diet therapy*
  • Migraine Disorders / psychology*