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Monday, November 6, 2017

ON DEMENTIA, MIGRAINES, BLOOD PRESSURE AND LONGEVITY

The latest medical info to alarm and/or help you:
  • In the USA, 12% (about a billion people worldwide) are affected by migraines, which are triggered by emotional stress, missing a meal and lack of sleep.  Of course, see your personal physician before considering any of the following:
    • At one time doctors thought migraines were caused by widening of blood vessels in the brain, leading to ergots and  triptans to narrow the vessel.  However, these remedies can lead to heart disease.
    • Some take melatonin to sleep better.  Not sure if more sleep or melatonin reduced the incidence of migraines.
    • The co-enzyme CoQ10 appears to reduce migraines.  A daily dose of 400 milligrams resulted in more than a 50% reduction of this ailment.
    • Some have tried the root of the butterbur plant (right, Petasites hybrids), but the plant can be toxic to the liver, and also might lead to cancer.
    • Another herbal remedy is feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), but there is uncertainty on effectiveness, daily dose amount and side effects.
    • There must a hundred, or more, pills you can take
    • The latest approach, which will soon lead to more effective medication, has to do with a rise in calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) during the migraine, so drugs are being developed to block these peptides from increasing.
  • A Finnish study showed that regular sauna visits can reduce blood pressure.  This option improves blood vessel flexibility and the total process relaxes the body.  Sweating, too, is like taking a diuretic.  I could have told them that, for my hot bath after golf usually drops my blood pressure to 110/65.  My average blood pressure is closer to 140/85.
  • Do skinny or fat roundworms live longer?  Pudgy roundworms storing a particular type of fat live longer than their more svelte counterparts, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Turns out that a particular type of monounsaturated fatty acid, like those found in olive oil, makes a difference.  Again, this could well be related to my posting on:  OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE LIVE LONGER THAN NORMAL PEOPLE!!!
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