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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.

Angelo John Lucco, MD
(410) 285-0100
210 Mount Nebo Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1980

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James J Martin
(610) 759-2208
305 W North St
Nazareth, PA
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(908) 859-0949
1 Tamzen Ter
Washington, NJ
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: L T M Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Ronald Leslie Barrios
(610) 328-7159
965 Baltimore Pike
Springfield, PA
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(814) 274-9300
1001 E 2nd St
Coudersport, PA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Bruce G Thorkildsen, MD
(570) 807-7640
1207 Belvidere Corner Rd
Mount Bethel, PA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Central Del Este (uce), Esc De Med,
Graduation Year: 1979

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(973) 972-4670
Easton, PA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: Psg Inst Of Med Scis, Bharathiar Univ, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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James Frederick Tischler
(610) 383-0219
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd
Coatesville, PA
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Frank Guillard
(814) 237-3122
905 University Dr
State College, PA
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(610) 272-8221
2705 Dekalb Pike
Norristown, PA
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Geriatric Medicine

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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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