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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Anne Simpson
(505) 272-1754
4808 Mcmahon Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Carla Jean Herman, MD
(505) 272-6082
1720 Louisiana Blvd NE Ste 312
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1985

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Walter Forman
(505) 272-1754
4808 Mcmahon Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Mohommad Aslam khan Lodhi
(505) 622-8170
405 W Country Club Rd
Roswell, NM
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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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

ROLAND William JACOBS, MD
(310) 455-3888
PO Box 535
Arroyo Seco, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1979

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Jill Ann Rhymes
(505) 983-9622
531 Harkle Rd
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Joseph F Oser
(505) 265-1711
1501 San Pedro Dr Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Ellen Mary Cosgrove, MD
(505) 272-3942
1 University of New Mexico MSC09 5370,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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