Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Mount Prospect 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.

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

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Andrew S Krock
(847) 255-7107
1700 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Arvind Kumar Goyal
(847) 255-0095
3433 Kirchoff Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Preventive Medicine

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Karleen Marie McNeal, MD
810 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1998

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Ilya Isaakovich Fishman
(847) 364-6724
800 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Stanley G Tomczyk
(847) 253-6180
125 S Wilke Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas F Cozzi
(847) 394-9900
1430 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Michael James Leiding, MD
(617) 789-3000
2050 Pfingsten Rd
Glenview, IL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 2000

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Kim Cecilia Leung-Stone
(847) 901-5200
2501 Compass Rd
Glenview, IL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Roger Allen Weise
(847) 364-6724
800 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, 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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