Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Brigham City UT

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.

Gary Griffin
(801) 268-7766
1160 E 3900 S
Salt Lake City, UT
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(801) 561-8888
3580 W 9000 S
West Jordan, UT
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert S Powel
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Nancy Jo Zega
(801) 479-2911
425 E 5350 S
Ogden, UT
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John Emil Carlson, MD
50 North Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1983

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Sumati Virendra Gupta
(801) 213-9400
7495 S State St
Midvale, UT
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(801) 408-8600
400 C St
Salt Lake City, UT
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Geriatric Medicine

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Sandeep Chowdhary, MD
3725 West 4100 South uth
Salt Lake City, UT
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Kashmir Univ, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Graduation Year: 1995

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Carl E Wyne, MD
(801) 314-4544
5801 Fashion Blvd Ste 175
Salt Lake City, UT
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1973

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Charles Steven Fehlauer, MD
(801) 947-0840
2773 Etienne Way
Sandy, UT
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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