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.

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

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Christopher D Brace
(808) 396-6675
377 Keahole St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Craig Teisei China
(808) 433-0244
459 Patterson Rd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Xiaogang Liao
(808) 696-7081
86-260 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Sherry Aiko Saito, MD
(808) 531-3511
1628 Maluawai St
Pearl City, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1986

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

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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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Shari L Kogan, MD
(808) 547-4285
1301 Punchbowl St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1988

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Craig Teisei China, MD
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1991

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Shari L Kogan
(808) 538-9011
1301 Punchbowl St
Honolulu, HI
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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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