Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Kutztown PA

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.

Raymond Joseph Hauser, MD
(610) 682-1421
1 S Home Ave
Topton, PA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Reading Hosp & Med Ctr, West Reading, Pa

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Ward Geoffrey Becker, MD
(610) 683-7558
1 S Home Ave
Topton, PA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Reading Hosp & Med Ctr, West Reading, Pa

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Steven Alfred Scott, MD
(610) 432-6862
401 N 17th St Ste 201
Allentown, PA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1982

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Thomas G Brandecker
(610) 871-2800
798 Hausman Rd
Allentown, PA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Carol A Slompak-Patton
(610) 432-6862
401 N 17th St
Allentown, PA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Raymond Joseph Hauser
(610) 682-1275
1 S Home Ave
Topton, PA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Robert M Brackbill
(610) 921-2366
3200 Reading Crest Ave
Reading, PA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Asma Badar, MD
(570) 420-8070
4131 Primrose Dr
Allentown, PA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1992

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Charles A Gordon
(610) 871-2400
798 Hausman Rd
Allentown, PA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Gene H Ginsberg
(610) 871-3300
798 Hausman Rd
Allentown, PA
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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