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.

David Brian Carr, MD
(314) 286-2700
4488 Forest Park Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Barnes Jewish Hosp, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Geriatric Division

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Atta Ur-Rehman Butt, MD
(814) 534-9915
10901 E Winner Rd
Independence, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1996

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Lance Luria
(417) 235-0196
315 E Cleveland Ave
Monett, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Elsa Maria Zayas, MD
(314) 647-4488
1221 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ De Zaragoza, Fac De Med, Zaragoza, Spain
Graduation Year: 1989

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Roland Akinyede
(314) 485-5404
3394 Mckelvey Rd
Bridgeton, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Roque Castillo, MD
(314) 577-6100
1402 S Grand Blvd
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: 1993

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Roshan I Sabar
(314) 525-1866
12700 Southfork Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Babu Rajendra Dandamudi, MD
(314) 525-1866
13036 Pingry Pl
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthonys Med Ctr, Saint Louis, Mo

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William B Ravenscroft
(816) 276-6450
8301 State Line Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Karmel L Carothers
(816) 373-0655
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
Specialty
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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