Headaches in Males & Females
Headaches affect both males and females -- but not equally; about 25% of headache sufferers are male. Women experience headaches at an even higher rate when they are in their childbearing years, demonstrating the key role that fluctuating hormones play in causing headaches. In children, young boys often experience headaches at an earlier age than do girls, and some children are symptomatic before they can even say the word "headache." The prevalence of headaches in both males and females peaks at 35-45 years of age. Men typically experience the same type of headaches as women (activation of the migraine mechanism) -- though there is one relatively rare type of headache called "cluster headaches" that is most frequently (8:1) experienced by men. By living The Headache Preventive Lifestyle, all males and females may prevent all types of primary headaches.
"PMS" and Headaches:
So many women experience Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, or "PMS," which often includes symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and nausea -- but so few people stop to consider that most pre-menstrual symptoms are the SAME symptoms as migraine. We are seeing more and more women who, after having learned to prevent their headaches, then find (to their sheer delight) that their "PMS" symptoms seem to mysteriously vanish at the same time.
Specifically for Men:
Male-associated behaviors also play a role in the onset of headaches, including the use of erectile dysfunction medications, heavy lifting and over-exertion at sports. In addition, men are equally vulnerable to all of the other triggers that affect women, including stress, anxiety, depression, climate change, missing meals, food triggers, sleep disturbances and alcohol use. By living The Headache Preventive Lifestyle and actively preventing their headaches in many meaningful ways, men can enjoy a full life, have sex, exercise and feel great.