Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Goodyear AZ

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.

Alicia Kayle Guice, MD
(623) 544-2587
12816 W Colter St
Litchfield Park, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1996

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Amy Sue Charlesworth, MD
(864) 560-6000
13101 N 103rd Ave
Sun City, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1999

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Robert Iles Sandifur
(602) 222-2630
10147 Grand Ave
Sun City, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Deepa Dharmarajan
(623) 815-7661
10515 W Santa Fe Dr
Sun City, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Daniel Denoon King, MD
(623) 974-2434
10192 W Coggins Dr
Sun City, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Family Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Walter O Boswell Mem Hosp, Sun City, Az
Group Practice: Clinic For Chest Diseases

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Ruth Post
(623) 247-6266
4616 N 51st Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ruth Noemi Post, MD
(602) 243-1746
4616 N 51st Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De La Plata, Fac De Cien Med, La Plata, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1982

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Mashallah Moshrefzadeh
(623) 876-0044
10503 W Thunderbird Blvd
Sun City, AZ
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Joanne Mary Ceimo
(623) 875-6500
10515 W Santa Fe Dr
Sun City, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Arlene V De Guzman, MD
10401 W Thunderbird Blvd
Sun City, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Fatima Coll Of Med, Valenzuela, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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