Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Liberty MO

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.

Mary Buss
(816) 453-0900
5400 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO
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Geriatric Medicine

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William M Gilbirds
(816) 880-6100
5844 Nw Barry Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Atta Ur-Rehman Butt, MD
(814) 534-9915
10901 E Winner Rd
Independence, MO
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1996

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John J Connolly
(816) 373-0655
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
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Geriatric Medicine

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Kevin Eugene Farrell
(816) 931-5594
3014 Oak St
Kansas City, MO
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Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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James Michael Stoddard
(816) 421-4240
2700 Clay Edwards Dr
North Kansas City, MO
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Dwight A Cashier
(816) 880-6100
5844 Nw Barry Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Karmel L Carothers
(816) 373-0655
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
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Geriatric Medicine

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Marjon M Gillbanks
(816) 373-0655
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
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Geriatric Medicine

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Usman Haleem, MD
(660) 259-2216
4800 S Cochise Dr
Independence, MO
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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