Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Merrillville IN

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.

Kristine Teodori, DO
Crown Point, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 2000

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Thomas J Difilippo, DO
(219) 365-0143
3137 Westbury Ct
Schererville, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1993

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Thomas J DiFilippo
(219) 836-7214
7905 Calumet Ave
Munster, IN
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Khaja Asadullah, MD
(773) 257-6542
30 E 15th St
Chicago Heights, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Deccan Coll Of Med Sci, Osmania Univ, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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

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Kristine Teodori
(219) 663-3737
2050 N Main St
Crown Point, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Rajarajeswari Majety, MD
Highland, IN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1995

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Rajarajeswari Majety
(219) 932-2300
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Sanjeev Joshi
(708) 756-0100
333 Dixie Hwy
Chicago Hts, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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