Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Punta Gorda FL

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.

Mark C Droffner
(941) 637-0911
260 Milus St
Punta Gorda, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Bhaskar S Arya, MD
Punta Gorda, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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Luis Casanova, MD
2885 Tamiami Trl
Port Charlotte, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Este (Uce), Esc De Med, San Pedro De MacOris
Graduation Year: 1981

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Glenn Jay Marcus, DO
(941) 629-2900
2343 Aaron St
Port Charlotte, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1977

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Luis Casanova
3508 Tamiami Trl
Pt Charlotte, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Suguna T Adeni, MD
(863) 494-3323
Punta Gorda, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Andhra Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Visakhapatnam, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1950

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Glenn Jay Marcus, DO
(941) 629-2900
2343 Aaron St
Port Charlotte, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1977

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Luis A Casanova
(941) 883-3313
3508 Tamiami Trl
Port Charlotte, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Amanda Kennard
(941) 916-5291
Purta Gorda, FL
Practice Areas
Aging/Gerontological, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Sanjay Kumar
3155 Harbor Blvd
Pt Charlotte, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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