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Monday, July 28, 2008 Debbi, Community Member, asks

Q: Is there a possible link between alzheimers and migrain headaches?

My mom and my aunt both have alzhiemers and my mom has vascular dementia also.  They both had migrains growing up, is there a possible link between the two.My aunt always took good care of her health and excercised but my mom smoked up until she was sixty. I have also talked to several friends whose mothers have alzeimers and they had migrains too.

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
7/31/08 12:06pm

Hi Debbi,

 

Migraine is a genetic neurologic disease. And seeing as you have a strong family history of Migraine, we don't need to look much further!

 

John Hopkins University researchers did a study on cognitive function and Migraineurs and the authors concluded, "Migraineurs, specifically those with aura, exhibited less decline on cognitive tests over time versus nonmigraineurs. For the Mini-Mental State Examination, these effects were only apparent among those who were older than 50 years."  Click HERE for more information.

 

Good luck

Nancy

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Nebula, Community Member
7/28/08 6:08pm

I have been wondering that exact thing lately - because alzheimers and migraines run in my family : (

 

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