Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Freeport IL

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.

Abimbola Awodipe
1301 Kiwanis Dr
Freeport, IL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Dmitri M Kelner, MD
(708) 447-2277
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: First Moscow Sechenov Med Inst, Moscow, Russia
Graduation Year: 1989

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Amy Lynn Rohlfing
(618) 282-7373
325 Spring St
Red Bud, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Surendra P Paruchuri, MD
(217) 446-6410
707 N Logan Ave
Danville, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Ishani Ali
(309) 672-4908
815 Main St
Peoria, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Christine Veres
(773) 257-6770
1501 S California Ave
Chicago, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Syed N Imam
(708) 202-2592
5th And Roosevelt Rd
Hines, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Harold D Jones, MD
(804) 693-6315
6030 Garrett Ln
Rockford, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1981

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Cheryl E Woodson
(708) 709-9200
316 Dixie Hwy
Chicago Heights, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Miriam Beth Rodin, MD
(773) 834-4833
5841 S Maryland W 700 MC 6098
Chicago, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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