Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Nevada City 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.

Christopher Charles Claydon
(530) 271-2100
150 Catherine Ln
Grass Valley, CA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Charles Edward Marshall, MD
(858) 459-3710
7300 Girard Ave Ste 204
La Jolla, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1979

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Mariana Beatriz Dangiolo, MD
PO Box 20003
Stanford, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1992

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Susan Louise Charette, MD
(310) 206-8272
10520 Lauriston Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1995

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Nick Martin Gutierrez, MD
4760 South Squiveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1991

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Kurtis H Fox
(530) 346-2281
101 W. Grass Valley St
Colfax, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Susan Joseph
(650) 573-2222
222 W 39th Ave
San Mateo, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Anup Mahesh DeSai
(707) 651-5441
975 Sereno Dr
Vallejo, CA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Cynthia M Bowers
(805) 898-0500
1824 State St
Santa Barbara, CA
Specialty
Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Sports Medicine

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Jorge Alberto Rivero, MD
(949) 581-3824
23479 Ridgeway
Mission Viejo, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1982

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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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