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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.

LaVerne L Miller
(419) 542-7718
208 Columbus St
Hicksville, OH
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Geriatric Medicine

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2675 Marblevista Blvd
Columbus, OH
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
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Chillicothe, OH
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Cincinnati, OH
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Barbara Claire Lohn, MD
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304 15th St NE
Canton, OH
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1994

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Henry Burrell Kirby, MD
(713) 513-2882
1330 Mercy Drive North West South
Canton, OH
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
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(330) 375-4100
55 Arch St
Akron, OH
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1987

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(907) 688-9154
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Akron, OH
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
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Canton, OH
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319 Southbridge Ln
Centerville, OH
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ De L'Etat A Liege, Fac De Med, Liege, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1985
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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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