Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Matteson IL

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.

James Samuel Habib
(708) 503-4970
2555 Lincoln Hwy
Olympia Fields, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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David Wilk
(708) 799-1100
3330 W 177th St
Hazel Crest, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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DiNesh K Jain
(708) 429-2220
16532 Oak Park Ave
Tinley Park, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Tanjeev Kaur
(708) 799-1780
17577 South Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Ramaraja Yalavarthi, MBBS
(708) 709-6215
333 Dixie Hwy
Chicago Heights, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Nagarjuna Univ, Guntur,
Graduation Year: 1975

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Rekha Sharma
(708) 799-5455
3330 W 177th St
Hazel Crest, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Kathleen OShea-Wilk
(708) 799-1100
3330 W 177th St
Hazel Crest, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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James Alfred Wallace
(708) 444-2226
6701 159th St
Tinley Park, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Harish Bhatia, MD
(708) 535-3300
6300 159th St Ste C
Oak Forest, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
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Male
Languages
Hindi, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1978
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Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il; Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il

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Cheryl E Woodson
(708) 709-9200
316 Dixie Hwy
Chicago Heights, IL
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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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