Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Hamtramck MI

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.

Arunima Shrivastava
(313) 369-1500
4420 E Davison St
Detroit, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Nancy Couch, MD
2395 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1982

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Mohammed Yazbek, MD
Detroit, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1986

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Kanwardeep Singh
(313) 499-4890
7815 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Laxmi Raman Chigurupati
(313) 576-1000
4646 John R St
Detroit, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Mary Beth Tupper, MD
(313) 972-9000
9100 Brombach St
Hamtramck, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1979

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Hong Zhan Shune
(313) 576-1000
4646 John R St
Detroit, MI
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Beyla Jamil Zuberi, MD
Detroit, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Med Coll For Women, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Barbara Jean Siepierski
(313) 576-1000
4646 John R St
Detroit, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Emma J Conklin, MD
(313) 895-8222
2395 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1949

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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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