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.

Anuradha Shankar, MD
(510) 752-1000
5619 Gold Creek Dr
Castro Valley, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jerome A Yesavage Jr, MD
(650) 852-3287
3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1974

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Deborah T Daretany Moran, MD
8117 W Manchester Ave Ste 592
Playa Del Rey, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1995

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Blanche E Watson
(323) 938-9958
335 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA
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Kamal Kejriwal
(909) 427-3910
9961 Sierra Ave
Fontana, CA
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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(310) 668-4574
4335 Marina City Dr # 532E
Marina del Rey, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1966

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Nehal G Patel
(909) 427-3910
9961 Sierra Ave
Fontana, CA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Seung H Kim, MD
(213) 385-5500
3663 W 6th St Ste 206
Los Angeles, CA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Seoul Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Chongno-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1981

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(951) 925-6657
850 E Latham Ave
Hemet, CA
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(415) 292-8888
1333 Bush St
San Francisco, CA
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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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