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.

Luis F Samos G, MD
(305) 596-9531
Miami, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Boliviana Mayor San Francisco X Chuguisaca, Fac Cien, Sucre
Graduation Year: 1987

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Jakob Ulfarsson, MD
(954) 966-4020
4030 Sheridan St Ste A
Hollywood, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Iceland, Laeknadeild, Haskoli Islands, Reykjavik, Iceland
Graduation Year: 1969

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Andres Mencia
(954) 489-1345
1608 E Commercial Blvd
Oakland Park, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Blesilda Hidalgo Olfato
(941) 925-3427
5401 Sawyer Road
Sarasota, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Jerry O Ciocon
(954) 659-5000
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Weston, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Felix A Krock, MD
(941) 593-9448
1563 Whispering Oaks Cir
Naples, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Me
Graduation Year: 1959

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Leela Reddy Bolla, MD
(239) 348-4000
1890 SW Health Pkwy
Naples, FL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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David Ikudayisi
(813) 932-9798
3651b W Waters Ave
Tampa, FL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Gerardo Quinonez
(561) 369-2144
1700 W Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Sanjay Mughal
(904) 244-3850
655 W 8th St
Jacksonville, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, 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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