Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Starke 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.

Michele Lynn Marziano, MD
(813) 558-0340
5312 Witham Ct
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1993

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Clay Leon Molstad
(850) 471-7681
312 Kenmore Rd
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Choi Ken agcadili Velasco
(321) 951-1010
675 S Babcock St
Melbourne, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Aldo Montes
(954) 450-9594
12600 Pembroke Road
Miramar, FL
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Geriatric Medicine

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Jerrold Randall Ecklind
(386) 615-8300
555 W Granada Blvd
Ormond Beach, FL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Eric Schertzer
(954) 475-4000
8251 W Broward Blvd
Plantation, FL
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Adolescent Medicine

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Adekunle S Ogunfuwa
(850) 478-1312
1000 W Moreno St
Pensacola, FL
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ningyi Huang
(321) 724-4545
720 E New Haven Ave
Melbourne, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Jose Luis Soler, MD
(813) 831-5832
9800 W Sample Rd
Coral Springs, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1981

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Nadia Amin M Jivani, MD
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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