Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Chehalis WA

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 Erwin Teschner, MD
(509) 299-4521
Cheney, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1974

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David Lynn Fairbrook
(360) 491-4460
4044 15th Ave Se
Lacey, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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James Lee Rudolph, MD
407 14th Ave SE
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1998

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Paul D Gibb
(509) 924-1950
1215 N Mcdonald Rd
Spokane Valley, WA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Lester Rosaire Sauvage, MD
(206) 386-9500
3931 86th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1983

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John Burk Gossom
(360) 378-1338
689 Airport Center Dr
Friday Harbor, WA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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David Allan Gruenewald, MD
(908) 335-1332
1660 S Columbian Way
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1983

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Michael V Pittier
(206) 870-4460
22000 Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Jean Pierre Loebel, MD
(206) 526-0830
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Harborview Med Ctr, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: University Of Washington Physicians

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William Richard Ludwig, MD
(206) 326-2400
1200 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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