Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Moline 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.

Martin Donald Phillips, MD
(512) 657-5158
2701 17th St
Rock Island, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1972

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Sandra Sue Swantek, MD
(773) 564-5380
3712 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1991

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Bharti Lalitkumar Bavda, MD
Mundelein, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mp Shah Med Coll, Saurashtra Univ, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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James D Koepsell
(815) 962-0633
2829 Glenwood Ave
Rockford, IL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Brian P Ragona
(815) 729-0129
1050 Essington Rd
Joliet, IL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Kirill Zhadovich
(847) 825-0800
1875 Dempster St
Park Ridge, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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James Dan
(630) 435-9888
3743 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Suma P Peter
(217) 383-3311
602 W University Ave
Urbana, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Maureen T Sturman
(312) 864-6000
1901 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Edith Chaffin
(773) 487-3017
8425 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Family Practice, 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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