Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Colorado Springs CO

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.

John Franklin Speer, MD
(719) 578-1533
902 N Circle Dr Ste 205
Colorado Springs, CO
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1968

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Scot Sickbert
(719) 761-0397
325 Parkside Dr
Colorado Springs, CO
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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(719) 475-5065
3225 International Cir
Colorado Springs, CO
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Geriatric Medicine

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LaSaundra Watson
(719) 632-5700
5636 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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John Speer
715 N Cascade Ave
Colorado Spgs, CO
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Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Brian E Zable
(719) 633-5515
175 S Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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(719) 633-5515
175 S Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Donald G Spradlin
(719) 481-6183
1415 W Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO
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General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Hood Reeves, MD
(719) 475-5065
3020 Richfield Dr
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1983

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Gerald Hamstra
(719) 381-1000
1719 E BIJOU STREET
Colorado Springs, CO
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Osteopathy

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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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