Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Minnetonka MN

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.

Robert Kenneth Meiches, MD
(952) 920-2761
15600 Wing Lake Dr
Minnetonka, MN
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Fairview Southdale Hosp, Minneapolis, Mn
Group Practice: Consultants-Internal Medicine

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Robert E Doan, MD
(763) 564-3467
1701 Oakland Rd
Minnetonka, MN
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1953
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Hospital: Methodist Hosp, Minneapolis, Mn
Group Practice: Park Nicollet Clinic Wayzata

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Michael Ray Stockman, DO
(952) 993-1179
17570 Hackberry Ct
Eden Prairie, MN
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Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1996

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Chris J Johnson
(952) 993-3200
6490 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
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Jack Gray Beaird, MD
(612) 621-5357
130 Louisiana Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1970

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Christopher S Chiu, MD
(763) 577-2060
Hopkins, MN
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Edward Bernhardson, MD
(612) 863-3900
7969 Lismore Cir
Eden Prairie, MN
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1982

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Keiko Kimura, MD
(952) 943-7919
11622 Mount Curve Rd
Eden Prairie, MN
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1992

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Teresa Coleen Mc Carthy, MD
Minneapolis, MN
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1986

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Jack Gray Beaird Jr, MD
Minneapolis, MN
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1970

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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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