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.

Andrew E Chester
(509) 924-1950
1215 N Mcdonald Rd
Spokane Valley, WA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Karen Elizabeth Saylor, MD
(206) 923-2244
PO Box 88250
Steilacoom, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1996

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Richard Kent Lipsky
(425) 899-6800
11521 Ne 128th St
Kirkland, WA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Oscar Montejo Ortega, MD
10413 SE 244th St
Kent, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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Ajitha R Palukuru
(425) 261-1500
2930 Maple St
Everett, WA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Evan Michael Graham
(509) 765-0216
840 E Hill Ave
Moses Lake, WA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Jay Bergman, MD
(305) 751-8626
2271 NE 51st St
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1986

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Iris M TiO'Matos, MD
(714) 456-6707
Lakewood, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1987

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