Risk Factors for Migraines

The primary risk factor of migraines is genetics. Researchers have found that 70% to 80% of people with this condition have a family history of migraines.

Migraines affect more women than men. Nearly 75% of people afflicted are women. There seems to be some correlation between female hormones and migraines. Examples of such hormones are estrogen and progesterone. Throughout a woman’s cycle, levels of these hormones increase and decrease, and cause migraines in those who are migraine-prone.

About 5 – 10% of children suffer from migraines. In contrast to adults, boys and girls suffer equally, but are less likely to have migraines when they reach adulthood. Some girls experience migraines more frequently after puberty, but puberty is not the cause of migraines.

The majority of people suffering from migraines are between 15 and 55 years of age.

There are medical conditions that have a tendency to be present in people with migraines. These include depression, epilepsy, anxiety, high blood presser and stroke. They do not cause migraines nor do they increase the likelihood of a person developing a migraine. Yet, these problems may accompany migraines.

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2 Responses to “Risk Factors for Migraines”

  1. Pippa says:

    I would like “family history” defined… How close a relation are we talking about?

  2. Leah says:

    This is a post from Migraine.com- 70 percent of migraine sufferers have family history of migraines
    One study shows that if an immediate family member suffers from a migraine, there is a 14 fold increased risk of having migraines
    Another study shows a 50 percent greater risk of having migraines if an immediate family member suffers from migraines
    If one parent is a migraine sufferer, there is a 40 percent chance the child will have migraines also
    If both parents are migraine sufferers, there is a 90 percent chance the child will have migraines
    Other research has shown that mothers with migraines are more than twice as likely to pass along the disorder to their children than fathers with migraines
    One large study of more than 5,000 American twins found that if one identical twin had a migraine, the second twin also suffered from migraines 35 percent of the time
    Fraternal twins suffered from migraines together 16 percent of the time.

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