Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Rio Rancho 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.

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

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Samuel Goldman
(505) 858-1222
8210 Louisiana Blvd. Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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8210 Lousiana Blvd. Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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General Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Carla Herman
(505) 272-1754
4808 Mcmahon Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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4808 Mcmahon Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
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Roopa Prashant Dani, MD
4808 McMahon Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Sri Ramachandra Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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4808 Mcmahon Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
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4808 Mcmahon Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
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Geriatric Medicine

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8210 Louisiana Blvd. Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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5639 Jefferson St Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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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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