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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.

William Craig Crafton
(248) 674-0431
4030 W Walton Blvd
Waterford, MI
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General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Donald Dino Bignotti, MD
(248) 858-6409
44405 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Family Medicine
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1981
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Hospital: Bon Secours Hosp, Grosse Pointe, Mi

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Arunima Shrivastava, MD
4664 Kiftsgate Bnd
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Doree Ann Espiritu, MD
(248) 661-7393
6777 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Medical School: Fatima Coll Of Med, Valenzuela, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1990

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Mutahhar Ahmad
(248) 840-7480
27620 Farmington Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
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Jayakar Kanmantha Reddy, MD
2332 Woodrow Wilson Blvd Apt
West Bloomfield, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Gandhi Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1988
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Hospital: St Joseph Mercy Hosp, Pontiac, Mi

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Molook A Ali, MD
(248) 335-7200
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Female
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Medical School: Chittagong Med Coll, Univ Of Chittagong, Bangladesh (704-10 Pr 7/1972)
Graduation Year: 1973

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David Rosman
(248) 855-0407
5821 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Koneru Sunil Kumar, MD
West Bloomfield, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1978

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(248) 932-2500
28800 Orchard Lake Rd Ste 250
Farmingtn Hls, MI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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