Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Waupaca WI

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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Jeanne Marie Howard, MD
(608) 274-4190
1126 Sunridge Dr
Madison, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1994

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Kurt W Hansen
(608) 263-7740
2880 University Ave
Madison, WI
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Bharathi Pulla, MD
1340 35th Ave
Kenosha, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Kempegowda Inst Of Med Sci, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka
Graduation Year: 1988

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Jerzy J Andrzejewski, MD
(715) 685-7500
1625 Maple Ln
Ashland, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Lublin, Poland
Graduation Year: 1980

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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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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1972

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Timothy Michael Juergens, MD
(608) 262-2122
4941 Marathon Dr
Madison, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1999

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Tula Haldes, MD
(800) 782-8581
Marshfield, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1979

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Nadeem Ahsan Siddiqi, MD
(608) 361-0311
74 Beloit Mall
Beloit, WI
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Mary L Carnes
(608) 263-7740
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI
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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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