Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Paso Robles 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.

Ellen Melnick Brown, MD
(650) 948-4252
Mid Peninsula Hospice
Mountain View, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1983

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William Gardiner Seavey, MD
(916) 734-5496
2221 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1995

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Richard Sherry Nghiem
(562) 826-8000
5901 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Stephen John Bonasera, MD
2501 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1995

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Parimala Selvan
(650) 299-2000
1150 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Myo M Aung
(408) 851-1000
710 Lawrence Expy
Santa Clara, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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William Gardiner Seavey
(916) 734-5496
4860 Y St
Sacramento, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Victoria Sweet
(415) 759-2300
375 Laguna Honda Blvd
San Francisco, CA
Specialty
General Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Russell E Hoxie Jr, MD
(909) 825-7084
Loma Linda, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1988

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Julie A Prazich
(619) 688-1600
4311 Third Ave
San Diego, CA
Specialty
General Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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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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