Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Jonesboro AR

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.

Terry Dean Weaver, MD
(808) 523-8461
528 E Washington Ave
Jonesboro, AR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1995

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James Mark Robinette
(870) 932-2423
801 Osler Dr Ste A
Jonesboro, AR
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Bilal Naeem
(479) 750-6566
2422 N Thompson St
Springdale, AR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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William Wells Burnham
(501) 257-1000
4300 W 7th St
Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Timothy Scott Simmons, MD
2422 N Thompson St
Springdale, AR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1997

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Thomas Mulligan
(870) 336-5080
303 E Matthews Ave Ste 202
Jonesboro, AR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Reed Thompson
(501) 686-8000
4301 W Markham St # 783
Little Rock, AR
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Geriatric Medicine

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James Mark Robinette
(870) 932-2423
801 Osler Dr Ste A
Jonesboro, AR
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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David P Brown
(479) 394-3718
1302 Highway 71 N
Mena, AR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ikemefuna Wilfred Onyia, MD
288 W Tyler Ave
West Memphis, AR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nigeria, Coll Of Med, Enugu, Anambra, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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