Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Los Banos 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.

Richard John Ham, MD
830 S Ham Ln
Lodi, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ London, London Hosp Med Coll (See 917-31)
Graduation Year: 1969

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Paul Henry Kosieradzki, MD
(714) 375-7550
18811 Huntington St Ste 200
Huntington Beach, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1984

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Teresa Pham
(415) 292-8888
1333 Bush St
San Francisco, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Susan H Wakerlin
(510) 752-1000
280 W Macarthur Blvd
Oakland, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Steven Patrick Doan, MD
9515 Soquel Dr Ste 100
Aptos, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1996

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Carl Haller
(916) 483-3437
3609 Mission Ave
Carmichael, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Ronald Edward Julis, MD
(707) 252-0313
1720 Jefferson St
Napa, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1972

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Michael Y Karapetian
(323) 913-9300
5220 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Parvez Razzaque Memon
(661) 327-3747
3551 Q Street
Bakersfield, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Mihaela Sabina Shabdeen
(714) 835-8501
1002 N Fairview St
Santa Ana, CA
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Family Practice, 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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