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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.

Ellen Turner Wenberg
(715) 258-1160
710 Riverside Dr
Waupaca, WI
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Geriatric Medicine

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(262) 767-8238
419 Maple Ln
Williams Bay, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1991

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(608) 265-1210
5249 E Terrace Dr
Madison, WI
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(414) 385-6600
1555 S Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1983

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(414) 536-2100
5228 W Fond Du Lac Ave
Milwaukee, WI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Paul Joseph Drinka, MD
N2665 County Road Qq
King, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1972

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(920) 426-3610
1932 Menominee Dr
Oshkosh, WI
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Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1978

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(414) 427-2360
7410 W Rawson Ave
Franklin, WI
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Geriatric Medicine

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Milwaukee, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Iran Univ Of Med Sci, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1994

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(715) 735-7421
2880 University Ave
Madison, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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