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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.

Jasdeep Singh Aulakh, MD
3052 San Mateo Way
Union City, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Guru Nanak Dev Univ, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Peter Cheng
(650) 321-4121
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Peter Pompei
(650) 498-7417
300 Pasteur Drive Mc 5303
Stanford, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Anuradha Shankar, MD
(510) 752-1000
5619 Gold Creek Dr
Castro Valley, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jungku Jackie Lee, MD
(650) 723-9913
900 Blake Wilbur Dr
Stanford, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1992

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R Gary Johnson, MD
(510) 731-5243
3832 Bay Center Pl
Hayward, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1985

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Parimala Selvan
(650) 299-2000
1150 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Sindey K Chung
(650) 903-3000
555 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Vyjeyanthi S Periyakoil, MD
300 Pasteur Dr
Stanford, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kilpauk Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1991

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Barbara Rose Sommer, MD
(650) 723-8567
Geriatric Psych Rm 2338
Stanford, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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