Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Mercedes TX

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.

Pedro E McDougal
(956) 968-1621
1010 James St
Weslaco, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jay Ronald Walther, MD
(956) 423-1121
628 N Ed Carey Dr
Harlingen, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1970

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Mohammad Ijaz
301 Lindberg Ave Ste D
Mcallen, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Belinda Vicioso Varelas, MD
(201) 472-5530
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Inst Tech De Santo Dom (Intec), Esc De Med, Fac De Med, Santo Domingo
Graduation Year: 1979

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Robert See-Hoong Tan, MD
(713) 500-7580
7887 Cambridge St
Houston, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nat'L Univ Of Singapore, Fac Of Med, Singapore
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jose Fernado Pena
(956) 464-2402
307 N Salinas Blvd
Donna, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ketan Patel
1315 E 6th St
Weslaco, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Chau Minh Le, MD
(915) 335-5311
701 W 5th St
Odessa, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med & Pharm Univ, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (840-01 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1990

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Sarah Elizabeth Selleck
(713) 798-3967
1709 Dryden Rd
Houston, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Scotte Ray Hartronft, MD
(210) 617-5300
South Texas VHCS
San Antonio, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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