Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Jefferson City MO

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.

Mark G Stringer
(573) 751-9499
Jefferson City, MO
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

John Edward Morley, MD
(314) 577-8462
1402 S Grand Blvd Rm M238
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Louis University Hlth Scien, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Slu Care; St Louis Univ School Of Med Dept Of Internal Medicine

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David B Carr
(314) 286-2700
4488 Forest Park Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Riffat Y Imdad
(314) 525-1866
12700 Southfork Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Fran Elizabeth Kaiser, MD
(972) 402-7673
Street Louis Univ Sch Medicine Div Geriatric Medic
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1974

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Maria C DeLa Rosa
(417) 820-3760
1965 S Fremont Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Marie A DelCambre
(816) 363-4100
6420 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Karmel L Carothers
(816) 373-0655
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Deborah Susan Woosley, MD
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1996

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Tony Thien Tang
(314) 752-8600
4675 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
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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