Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Leesburg FL

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.

Maria B Bello
(352) 326-6011
4120 Corley Island Rd
Leesburg, FL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Winston E Evalle
(352) 259-0364
3351 Wedgewood Ln
The Villages, FL
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Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Felipe Collazo-Pagan
(407) 928-5766
12300 Lane Park Rd
Tavares, FL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Jane Zhan Cai
(352) 259-0238
1400 N Us Highway 441
The Villages, FL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Malcolm R Fraser
(352) 799-5411
411 Webster St
Wildwood, FL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Jack Benson Owen, MD
(352) 787-9291
PO Box 490026
Leesburg, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1968

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Kathleen Marie Starbird
(352) 343-1341
12300 Lane Park Rd
Tavares, FL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Kathleen Marie Starbird, MD
(352) 343-1341
12300 Lane Park Rd
Tavares, FL
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1997

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Winston Ebilane Evalle, MD
(352) 799-5411
4755 County Road 121d
Wildwood, FL
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: 1990

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Claude Robert Crow, MD
(352) 383-8181
PO Box 1288
Mount Dora, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1957

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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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