Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Branson MO

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.

Robert E Lam, MD
(416) 603-6456
403 Burkarth Rd
Warrensburg, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Western Ontario, Fac Of Med, London, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1991

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Jonathan Gendel
(816) 525-4400
506 Nw Murray Rd
Lees Summit, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Jamal Makhoul
(314) 522-6410
6065 Helen Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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John Edward Morley, MD
(314) 577-8462
1402 S Grand Blvd Rm M238
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Louis University Hlth Scien, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Slu Care; St Louis Univ School Of Med Dept Of Internal Medicine

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Roque S Ramos, MD
100 Medical Plaza Drive
Lake Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1988

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Mark C Gunby, DO
(314) 822-2316
3844 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ok State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Tulsa, Ok 74107
Graduation Year: 1988

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Kulsoom F Junaid, MD
(314) 877-0683
256 Cleta Ct
Ballwin, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Winston Caesar Mina
(573) 814-6000
800 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Nancy R Tilson-Mallett
(816) 525-4400
506 Nw Murray Rd
Lees Summit, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ovais Zubair, MD
(417) 269-3915
1423 N Jefferson Ave Ste K100
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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