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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.

Brian Keith Unwin, MD
(703) 425-0417
10405 Stallworth Ct
Fairfax, VA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1988

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Joanne Gittleson Crantz, MD
(703) 641-0333
8316 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1979

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Greg Austin Corinaldi
(703) 922-1000
6501 Loisdale Ct
Springfield, VA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Hana Ayele, MD
Alexandria, VA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1990

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Mary Wall Zwirb
(703) 237-4000
201 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Umar Farooq Rahman, MD
(202) 645-8135
5960 Fairview Woods Dr
Fx Station, VA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Joanne G Crantz
(703) 641-0333
8316 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA
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(703) 922-1407
6501 Loisdale Court
Springfield, VA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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(703) 934-5905
12255 Fair Lakes Parkway
Fairfax, VA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Roma Akosua Edoo Sowah, MD
Fairfax, VA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Ghana, Med Sch, Accra, Ghana
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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