Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Winona MN

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.

Roopa Sathyaprakash, MD
(507) 285-1551
6044 Granite Dr NW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Vijayanagara Inst Med Sci, Gulbarga Univ, Bellary, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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Melissa Jane West, MD
612-725-2000 x3501
5115 Dupont Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1984

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Jennifer Olson
(952) 993-5041
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Michael Stockman
(952) 993-5041
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Floyd Earo Knight, MD
(651) 254-3466
637 Hampshire Dr
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1977

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Barbara Ford Olson
(320) 252-1670
4801 Veterans Dr
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jack Gray Beaird, MD
(612) 621-5357
130 Louisiana Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1970

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Henry J Schultz
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Michael Lee Douglas
(507) 931-7125
100 Freeman Dr
Saint Peter, MN
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Debra Ann Zimmer
(612) 467-4120
1 Veterans Dr
Minneapolis, MN
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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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