Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Makawao HI

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.

Noel Termulo
(808) 871-9240
472 Kaulana St
Kahului, HI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Dawn Haru Minaai, MD
(808) 432-0000
5350 Opihi St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1989

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Praphan Puapong
(808) 432-2000
1010 Pensacola St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Elizabeth Unchong Rhee, MD
(808) 547-4285
1301 Punchbowl St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Ewha Women'S Univ, Coll Of Med, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Kaiser Foundation Hosp, Honolulu, Hi
Group Practice: University Of Hi

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P Lanoie Blanchette, MD
(808) 523-8461
347 N Kuakini St Ste HPM9
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Queens Med Ctr, Honolulu, Hi; Kuakini Med Ctr, Honolulu, Hi
Group Practice: University Of Hi

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Jocelyn U Chang
(808) 873-0060
285 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Edmund Posadas Valerio, MD
Kaneohe, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Virgen Milagrosa Educ Inst, Inst Of Med Fndn, San Carlos City
Graduation Year: 1983

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Victor George Valcour, MD
(808) 737-3012
Sinclair 202 3675 Kilauea Ave
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1994

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Hajime Toyoshima, MD
(808) 523-8461
347 North Kuakini Street Hpm 9
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kyushu Univ, Fac Of Med, Higashiku, Fukuoka, Japan
Graduation Year: 1978

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Bret W Flynn
(808) 538-9011
1301 Punchbowl St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Family Practice, 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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