Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Shelton WA

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.

Gerald J Fay
(360) 493-4410
525 Lilly Rd Ne
Olympia, WA
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Geriatric Medicine

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James S Edstam
(360) 923-7000
700 Lilly Rd Ne
Olympia, WA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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David Lynn Fairbrook
(360) 491-4460
4044 15th Ave Se
Lacey, WA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Paul D Gibb
(509) 924-1950
1215 N Mcdonald Rd
Spokane Valley, WA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Sonali Mehta, MD
Redmond, WA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Female
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Medical School: Mem Univ Of Newfoundland, Fac Of Med, St Johns, Nfld, Canada
Graduation Year: 1991

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James Stephen Edstam, MD
(360) 923-7300
525 Lilly Road North East South
Olympia, WA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1976

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Robert Dewey VanDenberg
(360) 491-4460
4044 15th Ave Se
Lacey, WA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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(206) 448-2370
521 Wall St
Seattle, WA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Lisa C Plymate, MD
24935 8th Pl S
Des Moines, WA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 6
Graduation Year: 1974

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Ranu Choudhary, MD
24837 104th Ave SE Ste 102
Kent, WA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Rajendra Med Coll, Ranchi Univ, Ranchi, Bihar, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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