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

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David Wayne Schwartz, MD
(951) 694-3626
29645 Rancho California Rd Ste 141
Temecula, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1970

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Julio Gabriel Diaz
(805) 962-8880
510 N Milpas St
Santa Barbara, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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William Joseph Ackerman
(760) 944-0223
320 Santa Fe Dr
Encinitas, CA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Geriatric Medicine

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

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DeBorah Sue Rightmier
(562) 491-9000
1050 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Sanjay Maniklal Vaswani, MD
(661) 868-8067
PO Box 11581
Bakersfield, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Bakersfield Mem Hosp, Bakersfield, Ca

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Tara Reid
(562) 498-8000
2255 N Lakewood Blvd
Long Beach, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Alan M Kurz, MD
(818) 505-8400
3800 Rhodes Ave
Studio City, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1975

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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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