Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Bennington VT

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.

Robert M Hemm, MD
(802) 442-2235
538 S Stream Rd
Bennington, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1977

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Julie P W Bynum, MD
(603) 650-7033
422 Main St
Norwich, VT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1997

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Walter J Griffiths
(802) 463-4584
81 Westminster Ter
Bellows Falls, VT
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Backus
(802) 365-4331
185 Grafton Rd.
Townshend, VT
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Margaret Newton, MD
PO Box 2233
Brattleboro, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05
Graduation Year: 1954

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Martha Stitelman
(802) 442-8164
339 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Timothy N Rowland, MD
(802) 387-2605
PO Box 790
Putney, VT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vt

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Susan Platt Erisman, MD
(207) 778-4922
PO Box 158
Saint Johnsbury, VT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1984

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Richard Edwin Pratley
(802) 847-4576
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Martha Stitelman
(802) 442-8164
339 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialty
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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