Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Norwood MA

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.

Mary Lynn Scott, MD
(781) 461-1252
71 Conant Rd
Westwood, MA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1981

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Daniel F Driscoll
(617) 364-4380
695 Truman Pkwy
Hyde Park, MA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Perminder Dhillon, MD
(781) 444-5846
1410 Highland Ave
Needham, MA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Manchester, Fac Of Med, Manchester (352-08 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1976

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Ruth Kandel
(617) 363-8276
1200 Centre St
Boston, MA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Susan Cohen Kalish, MD
1200 Centre St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1988

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Edward Ralph Marcantonio, MD
(617) 667-1374
165 Stanford Dr
Westwood, MA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1987

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Kathryn Lillian Agarwal, MD
(617) 469-7447
48 Franclaire Dr
West Roxbury, MA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1997

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Heidi P Auerbach, MD
(781) 449-6511
PO Box 920626
Needham, MA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ihab Hajjar
(617) 363-8000
1200 Centre St
Boston, MA
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(617) 363-8000
1200 Centre St
Boston, MA
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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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