Is Dextrose a Migraine Trigger?

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Is Dextrose, which is used in many food ingredients, a migraine trigger?  There are several food products I like, which contain this and I wonder if it can cause a migraine. Thank you, Anita.

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Dear Anita:

Dextrose is also known as glucose, and it occurs naturally in our blood stream and is the body's main form of energy. Unlike artificial sweeteners, glucose itself is not known as a potential migraine trigger. That said, abnormally high or low levels of glucose or sudden dips or spikes in the levels can trigger a migraine. That's why it's so important for many migraineurs to eat on a regular schedule, eat healthy foods, and not skip meals.

Here are links to more information on migraine triggers:

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David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert


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