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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Sarah Sam Olelewe
(310) 679-9293
11712 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Tae Jung Noh, MD
2101 Forest Ave
San Jose, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Kyongpook Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Taegu, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1996

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Sindey K Chung
(650) 903-3000
555 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Patrick Lee Fitzgerald, MD
15525 Pomerado Road East 1
Poway, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1980

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

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Mark Richard Levinstein, MD
(562) 826-5869
827 E Marshall Pl
Long Beach, 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: 1980

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Anthony Thong Phan, MD
(805) 526-3213
2438 N Ponderosa Dr
Camarillo, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1993

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Joseph P Magro, DO
(909) 882-2531
26290 Windsor Dr
Loma Linda, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Male
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Medical School: Western U Hlt Sci Col Osteo Med Of The Pacific, Pomona Ca 91766
Graduation Year: 1993

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John Paul Roberts, MD
Box 0780,
San Francisco, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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