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

Jason Paul Graff, MD
(513) 584-0650
2301 Holmes St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 2000

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Winston Caesar Mina
(573) 814-6000
800 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ovais Zubair, MD
(417) 269-3915
1423 N Jefferson Ave Ste K100
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lilibeth Cayabyab Loe, MD
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1990

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Randall D Huss
(573) 364-4226
910 W 10th St
Rolla, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Roque Castillo
(314) 977-6100
3660 Vista Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Matthew Robert Hill
(314) 768-3090
6150 Oakland Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Gopal K Nair
(314) 434-4769
1023 Arlington Oaks Ter
Chesterfield, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Kenneth F Scott
(660) 885-8141
603 E Gaines Dr
Clinton, MO
Specialty
Family Practice, 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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