Geriatric Healthcare Specialist New Smyrna Beach FL

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.

Patrick John Berger
(386) 424-5000
401 Palmetto St
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Donald Neil Dubrow, MD
(214) 321-3477
PO Box 9671
Daytona Beach, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1958

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Jawed Panja
317 S Dixie Fwy
New Smyrna, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Indumathi Christopher, MD
(850) 682-6320
131 E Redstone Ave Ste 107
Crestview, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Madurai Med Coll, Madurai Univ, Madurai, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Vernon E Murphy
(863) 471-9000
3425 S Highlands Ave
Sebring, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Marcil Essa Salem, MD
(386) 767-7210
3737 Sunrise Oaks Dr
Port Orange, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (330-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1975

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James Mason
(386) 426-2938
6350 Engram Rd
New Smyrna, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Marcil Salem
557 National Health Car Dr
Daytona Beach, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Amiel Levin, MD
4300 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1999

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Elizabeth S Roberson, MD
(850) 654-0054
4707 Lantana Ln
Destin, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Marshall Univ Sch Of Med, Huntington Wv 25755
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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