Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Pendleton OR

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.

Sahana Misra, MD
503-220-8262 x5117
3140 SW Dosch Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1993

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Annabelle Loretta Sammis
(503) 413-7711
1015 Nw 22nd Ave
Portland, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Gary L Glasser
(541) 345-5782
100 River Ave
Eugene, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jeffrey M Haller
(541) 812-5696
1700 Geary St Se
Albany, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Samudyatha A Kumar, MD
5511 3rd St
Tillamook, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jjm Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Davangere, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1998

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Yasmin Ansari
(503) 216-2906
9205 Sw Barnes Rd
Portland, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ginger Lou Dattilo, MD
(541) 826-2111
PO Box 6779
Bend, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1981

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Carol Lee Joseph, MD
(503) 220-8262
PO Box 1034
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1980

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Wendy Ann Wanlass, MD
(503) 220-8262
PO Box 1035
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1977

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Shari Ann Sanders
(503) 885-7361
19185 Sw 90th Ave
Tualatin, OR
Specialty
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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