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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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(847) 244-2960
20 Tower Ct
Gurnee, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Doug Alan Monteith, MD
(773) 507-3060
2740 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1994

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Victoria Louise Braund, MD
(847) 657-1907
2050 Pfingsten Rd Ste 190
Glenview, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1986

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1430 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
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12050 S Harlem Ave Ste A
Palos Heights, IL
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(630) 800-5646
512 Hillgrove Ave
Western Springs, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Jonathan Hale Maks, MD
7831 Kenneth Ave
Skokie, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1997

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Clair Malcolm Rice, MD
(708) 688-1900
23043 N Prairie Rd
Prairie View, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1982

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5th And Roosevelt Rd
Hines, IL
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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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