Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Lake Havasu City AZ

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.

Shannon M Keane, MD
(623) 815-7661
Peoria, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1998

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Mohammad Sohail Alam, MD
(928) 684-5428
1395 W Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dhaka Med Coll, Dhaka Univ, Bangladesh (704-03 Pr 7/1972)
Graduation Year: 1990

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Milan Jansky
(520) 670-3909
1500 W Commerce Ct
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ronald C Sampson
(480) 981-9800
7525 E Broadway Rd
Mesa, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ralph Elliott Seligmann
(480) 609-8600
10900 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Saeed Behbahani, MD
(602) 470-5000
7425 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Shiraz Univ Of Med Sci, Shiraz, Iran
Graduation Year: 1982

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Anil Nanda
(602) 344-5892
2601 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Robert Iles Sandifur
(602) 222-2630
10147 Grand Ave
Sun City, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Rajan Gaur
(623) 476-7880
15021 W Bell Rd
Surprise, AZ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Mark Carlton Brown, MD
Peoria, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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