Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Chevy Chase MD

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.

Tamara Beth Harris, MD
Chevy Chase, MD
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1978

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Jasmine Gatti
(301) 656-5671
8218 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD
Specialty
General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Shyrl Iovia Sistrunk, MD
(202) 444-2776
3247 Chestnut St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1991

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Steven Alan Levenson, MD
4956 Sentinel Dr
Bethesda, MD
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1974

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May T Jung-Robinson, MD
600 Geranium St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington D
Graduation Year: 1982

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Lee Jonathan Musher
(301) 986-4774
5530 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Brian Keith Unwin
(301) 295-9472
4301 Jones Bridge Rd
Bethesda, MD
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ruth Kevess-Cohen
(301) 585-6980
8700 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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John Reed-Hill Gilstad, MD
(410) 550-0781
Kensington, MD
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1993

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Jeanne Pomar Asher
(301) 949-4242
3720 Farragut Ave
Kensington, MD
Specialty
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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