Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Ionia 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.

Ronald B Hammond, DO
(616) 754-4988
Greenville, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1958

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Michael Joseph Paletta, MD
(248) 661-6436
400 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1983

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David R Stutz
(734) 647-5650
4260 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Vartkes Hogikyan
(734) 764-6831
1500 East Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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James P Passinault
(616) 752-6919
300 Lafayette Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ronald Hammond
(616) 754-4621
615 S Bower St
Greenville, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Family Practice, Alzheimer's Specialist

Karen Whitney Merritt, MD
(313) 341-2451
15101 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1988

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Raza Ul Haque
(517) 787-6001
813 E Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Rawah Adnan Jabi, MD
(269) 966-5600
6308 Silver Fir St
Portage, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert Neal Shannon
(231) 864-3887
15415 Butwell Rd
Bear Lake, MI
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Internal Medicine, 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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