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
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National Certified Counselor

Lourdes Velez
(734) 482-6221
200 Arnet St
Ypsilanti, MI
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Parimala Dommeti
(734) 764-6831
4260 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Theodore N Batzer
(231) 398-1800
1391 E Parkdale Ave
Manistee, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Nizaamuddeen Toofanny, MD
(248) 551-0622
3535 W 13 Mile Rd # 108
Royal Oak, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Kuwait Univ, Fac Of Med, Hlth Sci Ctr, Kuwait
Graduation Year: 1985

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Janet K Sutton
(989) 667-6780
4817 Professional Ct
Bay City, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Toby Hazan, MD
(248) 932-2500
28800 Orchard Lake Rd Ste 250
Farmingtn Hls, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1974

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Robert Jackson France
(248) 559-3400
24100 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Valluru Chandra S Reddy, MD
(989) 893-5541
714 S Trumbull St
Bay City, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jjm Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Davangere, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Kelly Ann O'Sullivan
(231) 534-7200
2300 N Stallman Rd
Suttons Bay, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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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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