Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Crowley LA

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.

Louis Glen Mire
(337) 261-6690
2390 W Congress St
Lafayette, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Bernita Stelly
(337) 456-5637
lafayette, LA
Practice Areas
Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
French, English

Andrew Neal Dentino, MD
(318) 675-5975
Department of Medicine 353 Corinne Cir
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
French, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1989

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Tilak Kumar Mallik
(504) 349-6520
1111 Medical Center Blvd
Marrero, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Allison Campo Hargrave, MD
(337) 942-4567
Ogh Medical Complex North 1270 Attakapas Dr Ste 103
Opelousas, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1996

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Susan Guillory
(337) 344-1117
Lafayette, LA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
English

Susan Marianne Weyer, MD
(504) 842-0000
2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1977

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Joseph Sampognaro, MD
(504) 282-5398
145 Robert E Lee Blvd
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1975

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Veronica Ebihomo Adoun
(337) 261-0734
2100 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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David Henry
(318) 212-3830
7813 Youree Dr
Shreveport, LA
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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