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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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William D Rhoades, DO
(847) 318-2500
1775 Ballard Rd
Park Ridge, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1989

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(503) 255-4256
1301 Copperfield Ave
Joliet, IL
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
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Peoria, IL
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(708) 202-2592
5th And Roosevelt Rd
Hines, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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(217) 326-1220
The Forum @ Carle 611 W Park St
Urbana, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1988

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Bourbonnais, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
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5101 Willow Springs Rd
La Grange, IL
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(773) 792-5155
7447 W. Talcott Ave.
Chicago, IL
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(773) 834-4103
5841 S Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
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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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