Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Roanoke VA

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.

Mansoor Ahmed Malik, MD
(540) 375-4200
3083 Ordway Dr NW Apt F
Roanoke, VA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Rawalpindi Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1995

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Aubrey Lee Knight
(540) 981-7653
2118 Rosalind Ave Sw
Roanoke, VA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Gerald W Roller, MD
7533 Williamson Rd
Roanoke, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch
Graduation Year: 1956

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Soheir Seifein Boshra, MD
(540) 774-6058
5325 Fox Ridge Rd
Roanoke, VA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria, Egypt (330-03 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1981

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Daniel Camden
(540) 772-3490
1802 Braeburn Dr
Salem, VA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Hiep Thanh Pham, MD
2118 Rosalind Ave SW
Roanoke, VA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1987

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M Sana Ulla Khan, MD
Roanoke, VA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mr Med Coll, Gulbarga Univ, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Anthony Stavola
(540) 265-5500
6415 Peters Creek Rd
Roanoke, VA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Tabassum Subuhi
(540) 725-7555
2149 Electric Rd
Roanoke, VA
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Geriatric Medicine

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John Charles Boatwright
(549) 982-2463
1970 Roanoke Blvd
Salem, VA
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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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