Migraine, Stroke and Folate
1. Recently investigations into a gene that causes an increased risk of stroke have found that a mutation in this gene also occurs more often in migraine sufferers.
2. It has been known for some time that there is an increased risk of stroke in migraine sufferers and it is possible that this gene is the link between the two.
3. The mutation results in a biochemical imbalance that can be addressed by increasing folate levels in diets so it is possible that folate supplementation through diet or nutritional addition could help alleviate the symptoms in some migraine sufferers as well as reducing the risk of stroke.
Information provided by Professor Lyn Griffiths of Griffith University, Queensland on 4 August 2003.