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.

Raymond William Nicholson, MD
(812) 485-4173
3900 Washington Ave Ste 200
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Med Ctr Of Evansville, Evansville, In; St Elizabeth Hosp Med Center, Lafayette, In
Group Practice: Family Practice Center

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Diane Weisman Healey, MD
(317) 338-2460
Carmel, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1983

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Steven Raymond Counsell, MD
(317) 630-6911
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Wishard Health Services, Indianapolis, In
Group Practice: Indiana University Medical Grp Regenstrief Health Center

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Michael Ellsworth Smothers
(574) 206-0465
3003 E Lake Dr S
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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James Lindsay Donahue, MD
(319) 338-0581
8051 S Emerson Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1981

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

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Ratinder K Singh
(765) 674-3321
1700 E 38th St
Marion, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Firas Barrow
(765) 864-5750
806 S Berkley Rd
Kokomo, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert F LeBow
(317) 262-0950
907 E Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Anthony Joseph Perry, MD
(219) 486-9102
4222 Stillwood Dr
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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