Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Rocky Hill CT

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.

Wieslawa Zablocki, MD
(860) 666-2284
72 Howard St
Newington, CT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Akademia Medyczna, Bialystok, Poland
Graduation Year: 1982

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Mark Weremchuk, MD
(860) 633-1513
124 High Wood Dr
S Glastonbury, CT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1982

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Alison Whitney Grover, MD
(203) 233-7423
33 Birch Rd
West Hartford, CT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1984

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Robert S Dicks
(860) 545-7043
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ava M Pannullo
(860) 523-3800
1 Abrahms Blvd
West Hartford, CT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Joseph T Anquillare
(860) 667-0585
28 Fieldstone Path
Newington, CT
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas Soltis
(860) 832-6248
2150 Corbin Ave
New Britain, CT
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Maureen Dana, MD
1 Abrahms Blvd
West Hartford, CT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1994

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Sharon So Tan, MD
(860) 714-4749
114 Woodland St
Hartford, CT
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1995

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Wilfred U Elaba
(860) 545-7043
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT
Specialty
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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