Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Connersville 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.

Steven Wade Hartman, MD
(317) 962-8893
1520 N Senate Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1979

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Malaz Ahmed Boustani, MD
(317) 630-8000
1050 Wishard Blvd Rd 4th Fl
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1994

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Justino C D'Mello, MD
1700 E 38th St
Marion, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1978

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Karen Gallagher Horstin, MD
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1995

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Frank S Hopkins
(812) 482-7474
751 W 9th St
Jasper, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Stephen Alan Rappaport
(317) 846-9792
9292 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Abdali S Jan
(260) 347-5592
410 N.Sawyer Rd.
Kendallville, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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William P Hardesty
(812) 485-2580
1750 Oak Hill Rd
Evansville, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Mika Julia Fujii, MD
1907 W Sycamore St
Kokomo, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1989

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Steven R Counsell
(317) 630-8000
1001 W 10th St
Indianapolis, IN
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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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