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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.

Victoria K Popela
(309) 734-1414
1000 W Harlem Ave
Monmouth, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Surjeet D Patel
(630) 832-1800
135 S. Palmer Dr.
Elmhurst, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Vipul L Shah
(618) 288-4095
6800 State Route 162
Maryville, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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(312) 942-7030
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Suresh Krishnamoorthy, MD
(630) 969-0778
1942 Frazier Ave
Centralia, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1984

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(708) 202-2592
5th And Roosevelt Rd
Hines, IL
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(847) 901-5200
2501 Compass Rd
Glenview, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Mona Tareen
(312) 942-7030
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Harish Bhatia, MD
(708) 535-3300
6300 159th St Ste C
Oak Forest, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
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Male
Languages
Hindi, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1978
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Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il; Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il

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(217) 324-6127
1285 Franciscan Dr
Litchfield, IL
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Family Practice, 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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