Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Pelham AL

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.

Sabin Sebastian, MD
(205) 835-2031
220 Eden View Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kasturba Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Anna Joseph Jacob, MD
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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Marisol S Sanchez Lance, DO
(205) 423-0597
3532 Victoria Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1994

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Wendy Renee Gomez, MD
(205) 780-5788
318 Hillview Dr
Fairfield, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1999

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Mary Margaret O'Donoghue, MD
3146 Pine Ridge Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Galway, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Galway
Graduation Year: 1980

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Bryan A McClelland
(205) 663-5990
300 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Gary Lee Howard, MD
(205) 655-2002
33 Salem Rd
Montevallo, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Shelby Med Ctr, Alabaster, Al
Group Practice: Calera Family Health Ctr

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J Walden Retan
(205) 967-2900
3105 Warrington Rd
Mountain Brook, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Charlotte Jane Williams, MD
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Sheffield Med Sch, Fac Med/Dent, Sheffield (352-10 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1996

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Paul Douglas Roller, MD
2000 6th Ave S # F
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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