Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Biloxi MS

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 Frederick Seith
(228) 523-5000
400 Veterans Ave
Biloxi, MS
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Paul Irvin Pyles, MD
(228) 594-0330
2026 Bent Oaks Blvd
Biloxi, MS
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1988

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Masood Hamid Khan, MD
(228) 463-9666
Long Beach, MS
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1988

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April Krieger
(228) 806-7010
Biloxi, MS
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Marian Wingo
(228) 324-6686
Ocean Springs, MS
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Robert H Pierce
(228) 523-5332
400 Veterans Ave
Biloxi, MS
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Donald Weaver
(228) 864-8454
1612 31st Ave
Gulfport, MS
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Eleanor Avery
301 Fisher St
Keesler Afb, MS
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Kamran Karatela, Md
(228) 864-0003
15024 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
Gulfport, MS
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
Associated Hospitals
Coastal Family Health Center Inc , Woman''S Christian Association Hospital

Kathleen R Farrell, DO
(601) 991-0066
Apt K-7 5025 Wayneland Dt
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Western U Hlt Sci Col Osteo Med Of The Pacific, Pomona Ca 91766
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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