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Essential Tremor Increases Dementia Risk

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Tuesday, 28 May 2024 02:08 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Actress Katharine Hepburn and “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz were both diagnosed during their lives with essential tremor, a visible shaking of the hands, head, and/or torso, often along with a quivering voice. It's usually diagnosed after age 65, and half the time it's linked to a genetic predisposition.

For the rest of people, the cause is unknown — although it may be related to thyroid disease, metabolic problems, side effects of medications, or exposure to chemical toxins.

What is now known, however, is that having essential tremor puts the 7 million to 10 million Americans with the condition at increased risk for dementia.

A recent study found that around 27% of people with essential tremor developed mild cognitive impairment, and 19% developed dementia. That’s about triple the expected rate in the general population.

A prior study by the same researchers found that those with essential tremor who had a hard time falling asleep were also at increased risk of developing dementia.

There are medications that help about 60% of people with essential tremor manage symptoms. These include the beta-blocker propranolol, antiseizure meds such as gabapentin, and Botox injections.

Magnetic resonance-guided, high-intensity focused ultrasound is also used to target the thalamus in the brain — a transit point for messages about movement and sensation.

If you sense the development of tremors or they are already noticeable, see a neurologist for your best treatment options.

© King Features Syndicate


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