Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Marysville WA

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.

Richard Terry
(360) 651-7491
4420 76th St Ne
Marysville, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ajitha R Palukuru
(425) 261-1500
2930 Maple St
Everett, WA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Marilyn Grover
(503) 777-0433
Portland, OR
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

BJB Geriatric Services
(800) 799-3414
16212 Bothell Everett Highway
Mill Creek, WA
Specialty
Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Gender
F
Education
RN, MSN, MSHCM, MBA
Professional Memberships
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

Michael Charles Buben
(360) 875-5579
826 Alder Street
South Bend, WA
Specialty
Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ben Ross Burgoyne, MD
(425) 334-3051
Lake Stevens, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1948

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Richard Kelsey Tompkins, MD
(206) 386-9500
15407 14th Dr SE
Mill Creek, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1965

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Cascade Companion Care
(888) 390-6068
16710 Smokey Point Blvd.
Arlington, WA
Specialty
Senior Care
Gender
n/a
Education
Occupational Therapist
Professional Memberships
Certified Senior Advisor

James Stephen Edstam, MD
(360) 923-7300
525 Lilly Road North East South
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1976

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Mark Lindenbaum
(360) 715-4186
3015 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA
Specialty
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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