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
Services
Women's Health, Urology, Other, Men's Health, Healthy Aging, Gynecology, Geriatrics, Functional Medicine, Diabetes, Bio-identical HRT
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Paul B Volker
(515) 432-4444
120 S Story St
Boone, IA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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DeAnna L Questad
(515) 241-8221
1221 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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John Franklin Murphy, MD
(515) 432-4444
120 S Story St
Boone, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice, Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Boone County Hosp, Boone, Ia
Group Practice: Integra Health

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John E Coxe Jr, DO
(515) 256-1515
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1967

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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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Alfredo Maldonado, MD
(641) 842-3101
Knoxville, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Ecuador, Esc De Med, Fac De Cien Med, Quito, Ecuador
Graduation Year: 1970

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Margo L Schilling
(319) 384-7927
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert L Bender
(515) 241-2440
6000 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Jose Ness, MD
(319) 384-8502
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Do Est Da Guanabara, Fac De Cien Med, Rio De Janeiro, Rj
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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