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.

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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Howard Ayres Silverman, MD
(610) 973-1400
5895 E Onyx Ave
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa
Group Practice: Medical Associates Of The Lehigh Valley

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Ruth Noemi Post, MD
(602) 243-1746
4616 N 51st Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De La Plata, Fac De Cien Med, La Plata, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1982

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Monica Schultz Vandivort, MD
(417) 841-3760
5335 E Brushy Oak Ln
Hereford, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1989

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Frances Jane Heaton
(520) 615-6200
1775 E Skyline Dr
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Rikesh Rajendra DeSai
(623) 583-5083
14416 W Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Kenneth Irwin Levy, MD
(602) 678-0003
6838 N 23rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1986

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Cherylyn Dias
(520) 615-6200
1775 E Skyline Dr
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Gamal Aboul-Nasr
(480) 981-9800
7525 E Broadway Rd
Mesa, AZ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Donald A Opila
(480) 994-1166
7331 E Osborn Dr
Scottsdale, AZ
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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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