Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Columbia City IN

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.

Marcus Eric Mason, MD
(260) 459-8557
10422 Antelope Ct
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1998

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Bryan Edward Flueckiger, MD
(260) 750-0722
14324 Stonebriar Cv
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1981

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Mark Hawkins Adams, MD
(405) 231-8901
2514 E Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1983

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Iraida M Lainez
(260) 426-5431
2121 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jerald Andrew
(260) 458-2040
3024 Fairfield Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Family Practice, Alzheimer's Specialist

Herbert K.j. Acker
(260) 478-5100
3534 Brooklyn Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Larry Bledsoe
(260) 424-6311
620 West Berry St
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Indra Sriram
(260) 426-8822
3030 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Adolescent Medicine

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Nancee Lougheed
(260) 432-1524
Fort Wayne, IN
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Aging/Gerontological
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Junaid Akhtar
2121 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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