Geriatric Healthcare Specialist El Paso TX

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.

Sergio M Rodarte, MD
4615 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Chihuahua, Fac De Med, Chihuahua, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1975

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Virabandith Songbandith, MD
1724 Weston Brent Ln
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1996

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Emmanuel V Rivera, MD
(513) 258-6168
1800 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1988

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Victor SonGbandith
(915) 855-8550
3022 Trawood Dr
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Kristen Gateno, MD
(713) 791-1414
2002 Holcombe Blvd Ste 110A
Houston, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1992

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Paul R Casner
(915) 545-6626
4800 Alberta Ave
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Felicie G Wyatt
(915) 569-2810
5005 N Piedras St
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Radu I Ciubuc
(915) 546-9200
1626 Medical Center Dr Ste 400
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Virabandith Songbandith
3022 Trawood Dr
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Robert Warren Parker
(210) 257-1400
7703 Floyd Curl Dr
San Antonio, TX
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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