Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Brunswick 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.

Julie Spires
(912) 270-1249
Saint Simons Island, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kavita Bollavaram, MD
(770) 985-1870
Snellville, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Siddartha Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Ali R Rahimi
(912) 927-8887
11700 Mercy Blvd
Savannah, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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May Luz Falcon Bullecer
(706) 549-8931
1500 Oglethorpe Ave
Athens, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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

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Jae Hong Pak, MD
(770) 982-1111
4245 Iron Duke Ct
Duluth, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1991

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Benjamin Luther Watson
(912) 527-5100
1326 Eisenhower Dr
Savannah, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Andrew David Weinberg, MD
(803) 647-5724
1647 Brookhaven Close NE
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: William J B Dorn V A Hospital, Columbia, Sc

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Charles H Taylor, MD
3400 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1947

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Dale McGregor
(229) 985-3420
3131 S Main St
Moultrie, GA
Specialty
Family Practice, 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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