Geriatric Healthcare Specialist North Kingstown RI

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.

Mark Schwager
(401) 866-5663
1351 S County Trl
East Greenwich, RI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Alfred A Arcand
(401) 828-2663
1079 Main St
West Warwick, RI
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Henry Vicini
(508) 679-2505
289 Pleasant St
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Joan M Teno
(401) 863-9627
593 Eddy St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Wajahat Faheem, MD
21 Peace St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1994

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Marygene M Santa Teresa, MD
41 Emily Ln
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1996

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Rebecca A Silliman, MD
(617) 638-8940
15 Curtis St Apt 306
Cranston, RI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1977

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Rebecca Starr
(401) 444-8450
593 Eddy St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Richard Besdine
(401) 863-3490
593 Eddy St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Sourya Ranjan Mahapatra, MD
(413) 447-2866
593 Eddy St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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