Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Jennings LA

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.

Murali Srinivasan
(318) 222-8187
850 Margaret Pl
Shreveport, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Santosh K Gopalakrishnan, MD
(803) 531-6956
1601 Perdido St Dept GERI
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Lainie Van Voast Moncada, MD
1542 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1998

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Lawrence J Drexler
(318) 222-8187
850 Margaret Pl
Shreveport, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Samuel Abshire
(318) 624-0554
926 Frances Dr
Haynesville, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas A Reilly
(318) 222-8187
850 Margaret Pl
Shreveport, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Louis Glen Mire
(337) 261-6690
2390 W Congress St
Lafayette, LA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jayaraj Kandaswamy, MD
1514 Jefferson Hwy Fl 2
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Henry Rothschild, MD
(504) 568-5842
2020 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1958

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Charles Anthony Cefalu, MD
(504) 568-4574
1542 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: University Hosp/Med Ctr Of La, New Orleans, La; Kenner Reg Med Ctr, Kenner, La

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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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