Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Portage MI

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.

Bahram Elami
(269) 327-3700
724 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI
Specialty
General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Rawah Adnan Jabi, MD
(269) 966-5600
6308 Silver Fir St
Portage, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1988

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Nadeem Mohammad Mirza, MD
(269) 998-8785
505 Hazen St
Paw Paw, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1985

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Mona E Khaled
(269) 345-1516
Kalamazoo, MI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Rehabilitation, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Richard P Thiede
(517) 377-8882
2815 S Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Bahram Elami, MD
(269) 327-3700
724 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1992

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Jeanette Marie Meyer
(269) 343-1396
348 N Burdick St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Judith A White
(269) 353-7607
Kalamazoo, MI
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jeanne Wagenfeld
(616) 685-6363
Plainwell, MI
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Iris Fay Boettcher, MD
(616) 391-5710
2365 Bauer Rd
Jenison, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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