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What causes essential tremor nerve disorder (ET)?

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ET could result from a genetic mutation. In other words, you're more likely to get tremors if one of your parents gets them.

Toxins in the environment can also lead to ET in some cases, but research on the connection between the two remains unclear.

Age is another risk factor: Although ET can happen at any age, it's more likely in people over 40.

From: Why Are My Hands Shaky? WebMD Medical Reference

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Louis, E. , published online Aug. 21, 2008. Neuroepidemiology

Mayo Clinic: “Essential Tremor.”

National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference: “What is a gene mutation and how do mutations occur?”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Definition of MS,” “Tremor.”

Columbia University department of neurology: “New Research Says Essential Tremor May Be a Whole Family of Diseases.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What is Essential Tremor?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Primary Motor Symptoms,” “Progression,” “Statistics on Parkinson’s.”

Trevisan, L. , 1998. Alcohol Health & Research World

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Tremor Fact Sheet.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin B12.”

EndocrineWeb: “Hyperthyroidism Overview: Overactive Thyroid Makes Too Much Thyroid Hormone.”

National Institutes of Health: "Thyroid Diseases."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Louis, E. , published online Aug. 21, 2008. Neuroepidemiology

Mayo Clinic: “Essential Tremor.”

National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference: “What is a gene mutation and how do mutations occur?”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Definition of MS,” “Tremor.”

Columbia University department of neurology: “New Research Says Essential Tremor May Be a Whole Family of Diseases.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What is Essential Tremor?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Primary Motor Symptoms,” “Progression,” “Statistics on Parkinson’s.”

Trevisan, L. , 1998. Alcohol Health & Research World

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Tremor Fact Sheet.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin B12.”

EndocrineWeb: “Hyperthyroidism Overview: Overactive Thyroid Makes Too Much Thyroid Hormone.”

National Institutes of Health: "Thyroid Diseases."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 27, 2017

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