Geriatric Healthcare Specialist The Dalles OR

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.

Frances May Yuhas
(541) 298-3747
818 W 6th St Ste 4
The Dalles, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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James Detwiler
(541) 548-2164
211 Nw Larch Ave
Redmond, OR
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Yong Shi, MD
(732) 571-1535
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suzhou Med Coll, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Graduation Year: 1984

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Cynthia Sue Nocek
(503) 378-7526
1233 Edgewater St Nw
Salem, OR
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Geriatric Medicine

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John Paul Roberts
(541) 607-0897
100 River Ave
Eugene, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Denise M Dion, MD
(541) 298-2101
1873 B St
Hood River, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1990

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Ellen Schiaffino-Purvis, MD
(503) 256-3225
1024 SE Jackson Park Rd
Troutdale, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, The Med Sch
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jitendra C Patel
(541) 412-9800
97825 Shopping Center Ave
Brookings, OR
Specialty
General Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Kathleen Rose Farrell
(503) 215-9800
17727 E Burnside St
Portland, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ronald A Gilson
(541) 349-7282
1162 Willamette St
Eugene, OR
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Family Practice, 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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