New DNA Testing Available for Migraines

Frequent migraines are becoming more common and have the potential to cause major disruption to daily life, work and social activities. Often, management of migraines can be difficult, with many medications trialed to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine pain. There are new advances in DNA testing which can make it easier to implement natural options to reduce migraine frequency.

Causes of Migraine

Migraines can be triggered by many factors in the environment, diet and lifestyle. Each individual may have different triggers that can be difficult to pinpoint. Migraines are more common in females, in the menstrual years, as oestrogen fluctuations can trigger symptoms. Your genes can also play a role in how likely you are to suffer from migraines.  DNA testing is a new way to assess nutritional contributors to migraine based on your genes. Migraines occur more often in people with elevated levels of a naturally occurring substance called homocysteine, which is often linked to genes.

Homocysteine and DNA

DNA testing helps assess the function of enzymes involved in pathways which metabolise homocysteine, folic acid and B12. This can be a valuable tool for frequent migraine sufferers to assess whether any dietary and supplemental changes may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Migraine sufferers carry an increased risk of stroke and potentially homocysteine can be responsible for this link, as high homocysteine levels are also found in stroke victims.

Supplements and Migraines

There are some supplements that can be beneficial for reducing migraine frequency. These include some of the B vitamins, magnesium and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). It is important to note that adequate doses would need to be trialed to judge any success. Choosing the most effective supplement can be easier in conjunction with DNA profiling and dietary changes.

If you are interested in DNA testing or would like to book a natural medicine consultation, please call 3289 1559.

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