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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.

John E Guicheteau
(208) 367-6575
6094 W Emerald St
Boise, ID
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Boise, ID
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630 Addison Ave W
Twin Falls, ID
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500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
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(208) 664-8138
3502 Broken Arrow Rd
Coeur D Alene, ID
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
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(208) 664-8944
700 W Ironwood Dr Ste 200
Coeur D Alene, ID
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
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(208) 422-1325
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
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(208) 939-6507
608 W Ashbourne Dr
Eagle, ID
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1978

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(208) 422-1108
500 W Fort St Boise VAMC 116A
Boise, ID
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1968

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(208) 642-1982
1115 1st Ave S
Payette, ID
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Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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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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