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
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Jay Stanley Luxenberg, MD
(415) 406-1416
26 Manor Rd
Greenbrae, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1979

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Loren Clifford Stolle, MD
(415) 387-8800
1626 Pacheco St
San Francisco, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1973

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(209) 358-6494
329 E Bellevue Rd
Atwater, CA
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General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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(916) 734-7005
4150 V St
Sacramento, CA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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

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Stephen John Bonasera, MD
2501 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1995

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James Rollin McCurdy, MD
(415) 600-3626
111 Lucas Park Dr
San Rafael, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969

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(323) 562-3135
4670 Gage Ave
Bell, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Ellen Melnick Brown, MD
(650) 948-4252
Mid Peninsula Hospice
Mountain View, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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