Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Santa Clara CA

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.

Mark T Shimazaki
(408) 851-1000
710 Lawrence Expy
Santa Clara, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Marci J Teresi
(408) 851-1000
710 Lawrence Expy
Santa Clara, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Kirsti Ilona Weng
(408) 885-5221
751 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Chin-Huei Liao, MD
(408) 236-6440
6305 Wisteria Way
San Jose, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Kaohsiung (Takau) Med Coll, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (385-01 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1976

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Tae Jung Noh, MD
2101 Forest Ave
San Jose, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Kyongpook Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Taegu, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1996

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Myo M Aung
(408) 851-1000
710 Lawrence Expy
Santa Clara, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Linda Sohn, MD
900 Kiely Blvd
Santa Clara, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Pusan Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Pusan, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1995

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Frances Sun
(408) 995-5453
455 Oconnor Dr
San Jose, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Edward A Plonka, MD
(650) 969-4715
3217 Oriole Dr
San Jose, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kent Imai
(408) 885-5924
751 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA
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Internal Medicine, 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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