Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Galesburg 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.

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

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Andrea Bial, MD
(773) 834-4102
1023 Arlington Ave
La Grange, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1996

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Paul Nasilowski
(312) 829-4224
1634 W Polk St
Chicago, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ionut Ilie
(312) 704-2885
1740 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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

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Arvind Kumar Goyal
(847) 255-0095
3433 Kirchoff Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Preventive Medicine

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Margaret Hoglan Taylor, MD
1801 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 2000

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Toh-Hoai Lim, MD
(312) 878-3326
1739 Ellendale Dr
Northbrook, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Of Med I, Rangoon, Burma
Graduation Year: 1963

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Joel Richard Schwartz, DO
(330) 833-3135
200 Riverside Drive
Kankakee, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1985

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James D Koepsell
(815) 962-0633
2829 Glenwood Ave
Rockford, IL
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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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