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

Ingrid Stergus, MD
(706) 295-5500
2 Professional Ct SW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Anatomic And Clinical Pathology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Fried-Wilhelms Univ Med Fac, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Graduation Year: 1937
Hospital
Hospital: Floyd Med Ctr, Rome, Ga
Group Practice: Floyd Medical Ctr

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Elizabeth Camille Vaughan
(404) 321-6111
1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Orania Livia Tigaieru, MD
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Fac De Med Generala Din Craiova, Craiova, Romania
Graduation Year: 1987

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Rajiv Verma, MD
1421 Ross Dr
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1996

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Abraham Ayotunde Oyewo, MD
75 Piedmont Avenue North East South
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ahmadu Bello Univ, Fac Of Med, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1989

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Margaret Anne White
(404) 806-2270
902 Bombay Ln
Roswell, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Vinoda Markam, MD
Mableton, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1975

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Thomas Price, MD
(770) 587-9384
Roswell, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 2000

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William Charles Farr Jr, MD
Milner, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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