Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Nederland 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.

William Dewitt George
(409) 983-5145
2001 9th Ave
Port Arthur, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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George Ellis Thomas
(409) 898-2994
755 N 11th St
Beaumont, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Adnan Jafri, Md
(409) 898-2994
2965 HARRISON SUITE 312
Beaumont, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
Associated Hospitals
Beaumont Internal Medicine & Geriatric Associates , Preventive Medicine Of Southeast Texas, Llp , Adnan Jafri Md Pa , Southeast Texas Medical Associates, Llp

Colleen M Kennedy
(210) 647-0003
6401 El Verde Rd
San Antonio, TX
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Edward Lee Poythress
(713) 873-3423
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
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Geriatric Medicine

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Santos Marcelo Soberon
(409) 898-2994
755 N 11th St
Beaumont, TX
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Geriatric Medicine

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Samir Abed Ahmad, MD
(409) 842-1989
7465 Prestwick Cir
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Plovdiv Med Academy, Fac Of Med, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Graduation Year: 1989

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Jo Ana Sanchez, MD
(806) 743-2981
5713 2nd Pl
Lubbock, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1979

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Erika Irene Zimmerman
(512) 288-0859
7610 W Highway 71
Austin, TX
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Maria Chong Ramasute, MD
(409) 948-8862
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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