Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Hibbing MN

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.

Benjamin P Owens, MD
(218) 263-7583
Mesabi Clin 14th Avenue East And 18th
Hibbing, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1949
Hospital
Hospital: University Med Ctr -Mesabi, Hibbing, Mn
Group Practice: Mesaba Clinic

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Daniel Aguila Trajano, MD
(612) 993-8800
4670 Park Nicollet Ave SE
Prior Lake, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1995

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Si Houn Hahn, MD
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Korea Univ Coll Of Med, Chong-No-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1983

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Muna Jneidi, MD
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tichreen, Fac Of Med, Lattakia, Syria (Univ Latakia)
Graduation Year: 1995

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Barbara Ford Olson
(320) 252-1670
4801 Veterans Dr
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Melissa Jane West, MD
612-725-2000 x3501
5115 Dupont Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1984

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Martha Luisa Guzman, MD
(952) 993-4300
300 Lake Dr E
Chanhassen, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Francisco Marroquin, Fac De Med, Guatemala
Graduation Year: 1985

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John Edward Bernhardson, MD
(612) 863-3900
7969 Lismore Cir
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1982

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Victor M Sandler
(612) 455-2040
701 25th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Jack B Petrie, MD
(612) 641-7043
15100 Square Lake Trl N
Stillwater, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 6
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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