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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.

R Gary Johnson, MD
(510) 731-5243
3832 Bay Center Pl
Hayward, CA
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Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1985

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Temple City, CA
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560 Height Stre Apt 105
San Francisco, CA
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Medical School: Univ De Barcelona, Fac De Med, Barcelona, Spain
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4311 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA
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200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1999

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1025 Vista Grande Rd
El Cajon, CA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1999

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(310) 517-4584
4242 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
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1234 U St
Sacramento, CA
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(619) 531-3257
1924 Montgomery Ave
Cardiff, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1990

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La Jolla, CA
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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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