Restlessness, a feeling of having a disorder around the scalp … More than half of the world’s population (52%) has already suffered from a headache during the year. In women this figure is even higher.
Norwegian researchers published a new study this April 12 concerning these pains, also known as “headaches.” They were interested in their prevalence, i.e. the number of cases declared in a given period (here, a year). To this, he added the results of 357 publications published since 1961. Their conclusion, which can be read in The Journal of Headache and Pain, is clear: Headaches are much more common in women.
Thus, 58% of women have already suffered from headaches during the year, compared to 44% of men. Tension headaches (mild to moderate headaches) are the most common form. As far as migraine is concerned, recognizable by a sharp pain on one side of the head and a throbbing sensation in the scalp, 17% of women have already experienced it. This is 8 points more than the men.
Finally, women were (6%) more likely (6%) to suffer from headaches every other day for a month during the year. For now, we don’t know why they are more affected than men. Some scientists suggest a hormonal track.
Another major finding of the study: 15.8% of the world’s population suffers from headaches every day. It represents 1 person out of 7. Fortunately, severe forms, such as headaches every other day for a month, are very rare. During the year only 4.6% of the population has already suffered from it.
* The overall value given by the study is not always the average of the values for men and women. The authors justify this by various combined studies, which are sometimes limited to one gender, or conversely give only overall values.
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