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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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

Samuel Abshire
(318) 624-0554
926 Frances Dr
Haynesville, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Mohammed Asif Sheikh
(985) 878-1253
52579 Highway 51 S
Independence, LA
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Holly Lyn Stanley, MD
(804) 909-3006
114 Holly St
Mandeville, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours St Mary Hosp, Richmond, Va

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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

Larry Elmer Slay, MD
(318) 675-5000
1501 Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1970

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Muhammad Shahid
(985) 747-0444
309 Walnut St
Amite, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Sunil Prem
(318) 388-0440
1503 Stubbs Ave
Monroe, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Jesse Lee Fairchild, MD
Baton Rouge, 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: 1954

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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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