Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Springfield MO

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.

William Karl Rosen, MD
(417) 269-3915
1423 N Jefferson Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Lester E Cox Med Ctr North, Springfield, Mo
Group Practice: Cox Senior Health Ctr

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Ovais Zubair, MD
(417) 269-3915
1423 N Jefferson Ave Ste K100
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Charles Kevin Watt
(417) 837-4003
2828 N National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Rajamanickam Purushothaman
(417) 820-3760
1965 S Fremont Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Monica Vandivort
1965 S Fremont Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Janice Rae Lassek, MD
3231 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1994

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Maria C DeLa Rosa
(417) 820-3760
1965 S Fremont Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Donald W Burkindine
(417) 837-4003
2828 N National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Ovais Zubair
1423 N Jefferson Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Ovais Zubair, MD
(417) 269-3915
1423 N Jefferson Ave Ste K100
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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