Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Kannapolis NC

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.

Linda Sue Goodwin, MD
(704) 721-3645
1501 New Gate Ct NW
Concord, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1984

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Thomas Emil Gross
(704) 663-3063
417 E Statesville Ave
Mooresville, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Vincent Palanca Castillo, MD
(863) 648-9587
7007 Church Wood Ln
Huntersville, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1991

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Jose R Pena, MD
(704) 895-6775
9604 Holly Point Dr
Huntersville, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1990

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Hernane Coloso Restar, MD
1601 Brenner Ave
Salisbury, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1964

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Michelle Stowe Ong
(704) 799-7811
170 Medical Park Rd
Mooresville, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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William Long
(704) 344-2170
8401 Medical Plaza Dr
Charlotte, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Mary Carlisle Averill
(704) 638-9000
1601 Brenner Ave
Salisbury, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Huma Jabeen Siddiqui
(704) 638-9000
1601 Brenner Ave
Salisbury, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Sylvie Bastajian, MD
(704) 783-2025
5904 Daria Ct
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Bei
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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