Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Allegan MI

In a study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers from Brown Medical School found that reduced glucose uptake and decreased metabolism in the hippocampus—the area of the brain associated with memory—cause neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment.

Jeanne Wagenfeld
(616) 685-6363
Plainwell, MI
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jeffrey Brian Halter, MD
(734) 763-4002
1500 E Med Ctr Dr Rm 1111
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1969

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Emma J Conklin, MD
(313) 895-8222
2395 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1949

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Annette Theresa Carron, DO
3535 W 13 Mile Rd # 108
Royal Oak, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1991

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James F Peggs
(734) 475-1321
14700 East Old Us 12
Chelsea, MI
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Amita Pai, MD
3535 W 13 Mile Rd Ste 105
Royal Oak, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1998

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Marc DeNuccio
(248) 559-3400
24100 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ronald Stuart Duemler, MD
(616) 752-6557
220 Cherry St SE Ste 801
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1985

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Orlando Ivan Benedict
(810) 694-9903
8392 Holly Rd
Grand Blanc, MI
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Susan M Maixner, MD
(734) 936-8269
1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1993

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Food for Thought

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By Kris Kucera

Rarely does an extended family get a free pass from Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes mellitus. On the surface, these two afflictions appear totally unrelated —Alzheimer’s (AD), Mother Nature’s cruel version of identity theft; and diabetes, the glucose-metabolism disorder that affects both young and old alike. However, new research indicates that the two diseases behave in a similar manner.

In a study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers from Brown Medical School found that reduced glucose uptake and decreased metabolism in the hippocampus—the area of the brain associated with memory—cause neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment. This, they say, suggests that a form of diabetes, tentatively dubbed type 3, leads to AD.

Type 1 diabetes results from a severe or complete lack of insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas that controls blood sugar. Type 2, dubbed adult onset diabetes (although these days it occurs in teenagers and even younger kids), also stems from a dearth of insulin, or insulin resistance —the existing insulin molecules cannot deliver glucose through the cells’ membranes. Surprisingly, the researchers found a new form of insulin, produced in the brain, and they believe that, over time, decreasing levels of this “brain insulin” and other insulin-related proteins ultimately precipitate AD. While levels of brain insulin have no known affect on a body’s overall blood sugar, scientists have long recognized that diabetes patients are more likely to develop AD than those without the disease.

Skeptics of the Brown team’s findings argue that our brains produce so little insulin in the first place, reduced levels of the hormone can’t possibly play a significant role in AD. Regardless, the new data show that AD may be a neuroendocrine disorder, thus increasing the possibility for more effective treatments. And that gives hope to all of us who may one day be touched, directly or indirectly, by the merciless hand of AD.

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