Migraines: A Path to Parkinson’s Disease?

a-1 home care home care yorba lindaIn the September 2014 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, individuals who suffer from migraines are likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease later in life.  A common brain disorder, migraines have also been linked to cerebrovascular and heart disease.  A less common type of migraine, called a “migraine with aura,” doubles someone’s chances of getting Parkinson’s Disease.

What causes migraines?

Bad news for coffee drinkers!  Skipping coffee intake for a day, or even for a few hours, can cause migraines.  Other causes include premenstrual cycles, consumption of alcohol, skipping meals, smoking or second-hand smoke, and stress.

How has Parkinson’s Disease (PD) been linked with migraines?

A research study followed a group of men and women over a span of 25 years.  The participants were divided into four categories: those with no headaches; headaches with no migraine symptoms; migraines with no aura and migraines with aura.  Research results reveal that participants with migraine with aura were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease than those with no headaches. Some individuals who have migraines with aura also had a family history of PD.   More research is needed to explore this link between Parkinson’s and migraines.

Where can I find Parkinson’s Care?

In addition to providing elder care, A-1 Home Care provides a wide range of specialized services, from postpartum care to Parkinson’s Care.  A-1 Home Care is your one-stop shop for any kind of home care services you can imagine.  In addition to delivering exceptional specialized care, our caregivers also assist with daily living activities like bathing, hygiene, grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and transportation.

To hire a Parkinson’s Care Provider, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit us online www.westwoodinhomecare.com for more information about home care services.  We are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with live operators standing by to answer your questions!  Service areas include Westwood, Century City, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and surrounding cities. 

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