WOMEN who suffer from migraines may be more likely to develop dementia, researchers say.
A study has linked the headaches to a higher risk of getting degenerative brain conditions.
Experts who analysed 679 over-65s found the link was strongest for Alzheimer’s disease.
Prof Suzanne Tyas, from Canada’s University of Waterloo, said: “We don’t yet have any way to cure Alzheimer’s, so prevention is key.
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“Identifying a link to migraines provides us with a rationale to guide new strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”
Prof Tyas said they could include more intensive screening of migraine sufferers to check degeneration in brain function.
She added: “Identifying a midlife risk factor, such as migraines, enables earlier detection of at-risk individuals.”
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