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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Clair Malcolm Rice, MD
(708) 688-1900
23043 N Prairie Rd
Prairie View, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1982

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Jonathan Hale Maks, MD
7831 Kenneth Ave
Skokie, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1997

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Jen-Chieh Cheng
(847) 688-1900
3001 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Nephrology

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Shao-Tseng Lee, MD
(708) 361-7792
12721 S 87th Ave
Palos Park, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1981

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Mukesh V Patel
(815) 844-5115
2500 W Reynolds St
Pontiac, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Michael Eugene Lim
(847) 439-2200
2010 S Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Gerard Vottero, MD
(847) 363-4845
48 Moffett Rd
Lake Bluff, IL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1984

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Mona Tareen
(312) 942-7030
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Donald J Ebalo, MD
(630) 653-3700
25W740 Red Maple Ln
Wheaton, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ of Santo Tomas, Fac of Med and Surg
Graduation Year: 1955

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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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