Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Portales NM

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.

Syed Jafar Mahdi, MD
(319) 356-4241
305 Olive Dr
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1981

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Katie C Cowan, MD
(505) 537-3302
PO Box 36010
Fort Bayard, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1988

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Babak Mirin Babazadeghan, MD
(505) 885-4836
Carlsbad, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Rene Descartes (Paris V), Uer Cochin-Port Royal, Paris, France
Graduation Year: 1995

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Stephen Frank Hightower, MD
(505) 891-6700
4013 Saint Andrews Dr SE
Rio Rancho, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1982

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Suzanne Marie Pinon, MD
(505) 843-2111
8323 Tierra Serena Pl NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gerry Juchniewicz
(505) 346-2799
Cannon AFB, NM
Practice Areas
Career Development, Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, School, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mohammed Aslam K Lodhi, MD
(505) 887-1282
1704 Trevino Ct
Carlsbad, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1985

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Yvonne G Hall, MD
2600 Marble North East,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ La Salle, Esc Mexicana De Med, Mexico Df, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1993

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Annie Rozen Simpson, MD
2211 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1993

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Miriam Catherine Schwartz
(505) 722-1000
516 Nizhoni Blvd
Gallup, NM
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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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