Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Pendleton OR

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.

Jeanne Kay Hildebrand, MD
18205 SW Rigert Rd
Beaverton, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1990

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Richard Ea Brunader
(541) 242-3800
4010 Aerial Way
Eugene, OR
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Yasmin Ansari, MD
(503) 533-1019
14471 NW Whistler Ln
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Deccan Coll Of Med Sci, Osmania Univ, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1997

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Arthur D Hayward
(503) 499-5200
2701 Nw Vaughn St
Portland, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Wendy Ann Wanlass, MD
(503) 220-8262
PO Box 1035
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1977

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Arun Kumar Reddy Solipuram
(541) 889-2940
269 Sw 19th Street
Ontario, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jitendra C Patel
(541) 412-9800
97825 Shopping Center Ave
Brookings, OR
Specialty
General Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Megan Emily Thygesen, MD
(503) 335-9980
4616 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1999

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Frances May Yuhas
(541) 298-3747
818 W 6th St Ste 4
The Dalles, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Gregory P Garcia, MD
(503) 215-2110
3236 Sabane Lane
West Linn, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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