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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.

Ina Ying Li, MD
(415) 221-1865
150 17th Ave
San Francisco, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1997

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David Mohamadi
(818) 988-5999
14624 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Kulwinder Singh, MD
(530) 225-5200
724 4th St
Marysville, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Guru Nanak Dev Univ, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1984

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Floyd N Andersen
(909) 427-3910
9961 Sierra Ave
Fontana, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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(323) 913-9300
5220 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Helena Edin Leiner, MD
Berkeley, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1978

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Suprabha Nirmal Jain, MD
(310) 829-0228
2336 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: J Nehru Med Coll, Univ Rajasthan, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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(415) 441-6669
909 Hyde St Ste 505
San Francisco, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Nephrology

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Elizabeth Kantor, MD
(415) 292-1058
348 Cumberland St
San Francisco, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1975

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9961 Sierra Ave
Fontana, CA
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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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