Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Marion IA

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.

CarePro Integrative Health Clinic
(319) 369-9690
1350 Blairs Ferry Road
Hiawatha, IA
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Women's Health, Urology, Other, Men's Health, Healthy Aging, Gynecology, Geriatrics, Functional Medicine, Diabetes, Bio-identical HRT
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Yogesh Shah, MD
(515) 643-4610
250 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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Wael N Haidar
(515) 247-4240
1111 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Osamah S Khatib, MD
(319) 584-3332
2330 Whitetail Dr
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus,
Graduation Year: 1969

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David Adam Carlyle, MD
(515) 663-8621
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1981

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Charles B Vernon
(319) 462-3571
1791 Highway 64 E
Anamosa, IA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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John Walter Rachow, MD
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1976

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Ioana Popescu, MD
1717 W Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1992

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Margo Lin Schilling, MD
(319) 887-9586
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1985

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Arthur Lawrence Doenecke
(319) 356-4646
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Adolescent 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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