Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Greer SC

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.

Russell G Gaddy
(864) 458-9999
10 Winchester Ct
Mauldin, SC
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Ann M Shalley
(864) 455-9050
877 W Faris Rd
Greenville, SC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Naseem H Ismail
(864) 455-9050
877 W Faris Rd
Greenville, SC
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Vonda Kay Gravely, MD
(843) 224-8831
Moore, SC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1998

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Roy Bradford Whitney Jr, MD
(864) 457-3838
133 N Howard Ave
Landrum, SC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hospital, Columbus, Nc; Spartanburg Reg Med Ctr, Spartanburg, Sc
Group Practice: Whitney & Bridges Walters

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J Kelly Dixon, MD
(803) 242-4683
21 Bartram Grv
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1959

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Bonnie Lisa Barr
(864) 455-6372
701 Grove Rd
Greenville, SC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Raymond Van Grubbs
(864) 306-0966
3 Roseberry Ln
Simpsonville, SC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Melvin Ernest Porter Jr, MD
(864) 295-1066
3204 White Horse Rd
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1978

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Robert Eric Houston
(864) 560-1556
853 N Church St
Spartanburg, SC
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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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