Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Lawndale CA

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.

Malay Das, MD
4477 W 118th St
Hawthorne, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Rg Kar Med Coll, Univ Of Calcutta, Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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Sarah Sam Olelewe
(310) 679-9293
11712 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA
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(310) 542-7341
4305 Torrance Bl
Torrance, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Nephrology

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(310) 222-5371
1000 W Carson St
Torrance, CA
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General Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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(310) 320-4130
22617 S Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Huma Zahid Khan, MD
Gardena Medicine Office B
Gardena, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Jon Robert Friedman, MD
(714) 226-6888
1530 Voorhees Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1984

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(310) 370-1313
3565 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA
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1218 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA
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3330 Lomita Blvd
Torrance, CA
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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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