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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.

Donna L Miller, DO
(215) 997-9377
2303 N Broad St
Colmar, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1985

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William Pinsky, MD
(215) 822-2422
118 Holly Dr
Lansdale, PA
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Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 1
Graduation Year: 1961

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(267) 965-7980
321 Norristown Rd
Ambler, PA
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(215) 361-7821
1105 Stone House Rd
Ambler, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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(610) 630-8600
2505 Boulevard Of The Generals
Jeffersonville, PA
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(215) 682-7399
196 Pinecrest Ln
Lansdale, PA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadel
Graduation Year: 1997

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(484) 344-3307
PO Box 4
West Point, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Hue, Fac Of Med, Hue, Viet Nam
Graduation Year: 1972

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(215) 517-8850
1132 Cleveland Rd
Blue Bell, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1991

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(215) 342-3221
1452 Dillon Rd
Ambler, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1999

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Anthony J Bazzan, MD
2505 Boulevard of The Generals
Jeffersonville, PA
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Medical School: Univ Di Padova, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Padova, Italy
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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