Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Augusta GA

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.

Bettadapura R Manjunath
(706) 733-0188
1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ramon O Parrish
(706) 721-4588
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas C Hattan, MD
(706) 787-8102
415 Cambridge Ct
Martinez, GA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1999

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Raymond D Hesse
(803) 648-7888
410 University Parkway
Aiken, SC
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Geriatric Medicine

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Richard B Abrohams
(770) 931-6012
3650 Steve Reynolds Boul
Duluth, GA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas Wayne Jackson, MD
(706) 651-7300
1120 15th St Ste BP-4301
Augusta, GA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dean U Harrell
(706) 721-7300
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Theodore M Johnson, MD
544 Crystal Crk E
Augusta, GA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1990

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Yohannes W Endeshaw
(404) 728-6698
1841 Clifton Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Timothy T Ross, MD
(360) 693-7877
4215 Woodruff Rd
Columbus, GA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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