Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Brawley CA

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.

Denise Anne Rettenmaier, DO
(707) 732-4028
1401 Illinois St
Vallejo, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Western U Hlt Sci Col Osteo Med Of The Pacific, Pomona Ca 91766
Graduation Year: 1992

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Ahmed El-Ghoneimy
(415) 492-3333
4000 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Vilma T Mc Carthy, MD
(718) 405-5949
San Diego, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1995

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Victor Siew
(714) 435-0600
17220 Newhope St
Fountain Valley, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Indira Kedlaya, MD
(909) 514-1480
3018 Canyon Vista Dr
Colton, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1995

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Kateri Murray
(415) 334-2500
302 Silver Ave
San Francisco, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Anita Cal Jackson
(951) 694-4688
31720 Highway 79 South
Temecula, CA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Jorge Alberto Rivero, MD
(949) 581-3824
23479 Ridgeway
Mission Viejo, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1982

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Lisa A Furmanski, MD
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1996

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Nallini Gnanadesigan
(818) 774-3354
7150 Tampa Ave
Reseda, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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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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