Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Santa Maria CA

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.

Michael K Kazak
(805) 922-8269
1040 W Main St
Santa Maria, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Data Provided by:
Raymond Paul Sims
(805) 646-0167
1320 Maricopa Hwy
Ojai, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

Data Provided by:
Nena L Perry, MD
(916) 225-7836
3787 Sunday Ct
Redding, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35
Graduation Year: 1981

Data Provided by:
Tuyen Ngoc Le, MD
(818) 501-4391
13446 Magnolia Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Fac Mixte De Med Et De Pharm Univ De Saigon, Saigon, S Vietnam
Graduation Year: 1968

Data Provided by:
Tuyen Ngoc Le, MD
(562) 863-7001
Yorba Linda, CA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Fac Mixte De Med Et De Pharm Univ De Saigon, Saigon, S Vietnam
Graduation Year: 1968

Data Provided by:
Andrea Jean Parmelee
(805) 642-8107
3442 Loma Vista Rd
Ventura, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

Data Provided by:
Arman Hekmati
(323) 651-4320
6360 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

Data Provided by:
Shafi M Khalid
(858) 485-7246
15725 Pomerado Rd
Poway, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Data Provided by:
Aboo Nasar
(858) 776-1599
530 Lomas Santa Fe Dr
Solana Beach, CA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

Data Provided by:
Jack N Yu
(818) 500-5586
801 S Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Sports Medicine

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Food for Thought

Provided by: 

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.

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...