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Migraines May Ease With Age

In Swedish Study, Most Patients' Attacks Decreased or Disappeared Over 12-Year Follow-Up

Another Expert Weighs In

The study reflects what one long-time headache specialist has observed in his patients. Migraine problems do tend to decrease with time, says Seymour Diamond, MD, founder of the Diamond Headache Clinic and executive chairman of the National Headache Foundation in Chicago.

"We find as people age they get fewer migraines," he says. "After age 50 or 55, they often decline. But in some people, they never do."

Other Measures

Migraine sufferers trying to reduce the chances their headaches will become more frequent can pay attention to other risk factors, other researchers suggested in a report published in 2006 in the journal Headache.

Among them: maintain a healthy body weight, avoid overuse of headache medication and caffeine, and get treatment for any sleep problems.

  • Living with migraines? Get support and advice from Indie Cooper-Guzman, RN, and other members on our Migraines message board.
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