Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Southfield 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.

Marc DeNuccio
(248) 559-3400
24100 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Kelly Hefferon
(248) 799-0093
24567 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Theodore A Wizenberg
(248) 357-3360
23901 Lahser Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ronald D Pelavin
(248) 358-2310
28625 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Penelope Ann Barker
(248) 551-8305
3535 W 13 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Jackson France
(248) 559-3400
24100 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Bruce Bailor
(248) 559-3400
24100 Southfield Rd
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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William Stuart Gonte
(248) 354-0730
29877 Telegraph
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Sports Medicine

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Fredric H Gold, DO
(734) 522-9050
26699 W 12 Mile Rd Ste 201
Southfield, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1973

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Gela Pala, MD
1332 Maryland Blvd
Birmingham, MI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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