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

Theodore A Wizenberg
(248) 357-3360
23901 Lahser Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Jeanette Marie Meyer
(269) 343-1396
348 N Burdick St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ghaida Saeed Khodher, MD
(248) 651-5353
950 W Avon Rd Ste A2
Rochester Hills, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1979

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Fredric H Gold, DO
(734) 522-9050
26699 W 12 Mile Rd Ste 201
Southfield, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Male
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Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1973

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Martha L Gray
(734) 994-7446
2200 Green Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Michael Joseph Paletta
(313) 578-5031
400 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Amy J Daros
(810) 230-0338
5065 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Armida Galang Parala
(734) 712-5189
5361 Mcauley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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John Stephenson
(906) 643-0402
220 Burdette St
Saint Ignace, MI
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General Practice, Family Practice, 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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