Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Faribault MN

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.

Robert Tolan Hilker, MD
(612) 863-1000
Owatonna, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1957

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Carl Everett Burkland
(952) 758-2535
1400 1st St Ne
New Prague, MN
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Si Houn Hahn, MD
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Korea Univ Coll Of Med, Chong-No-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1983

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Nicholas J Schneeman
(763) 520-7900
3366 Oakdale Ave N
Robbinsdale, MN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Victor M Sandler
(612) 455-2040
701 25th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Francisco Torres
134 Southview
Owatonna, MN
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Geriatric Family Practice, Alzheimer's Specialist

Rahim S Hosseini Dehkordi
(952) 993-3025
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Lissa N Chipeco
(651) 254-7600
401 Phalen Boulevard
St Paul, MN
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Geriatric Medicine

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Chris J Johnson
(952) 993-3200
6490 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Marilyn S Adlin
(651) 501-3000
8675 Valley Creek Rd
Woodbury, MN
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Geriatric Medicine

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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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