Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Thomaston GA

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.

William Charles Farr Jr, MD
Milner, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1969

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Meena Gulati, MD
(404) 752-1500
720 Westview Dr SW
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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Yale Citrin, MD
Souther Country Inn 2592 Collins Ln
Blairsville, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 7
Graduation Year: 1950

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William Archie Van Horn, MD
8097 Roswell Rd Bldg B
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1986

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Larry David Gattis
(478) 783-4060
412 Commerce St
Hawkinsville, GA
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Lavonda Mee Lee, MD
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1999

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Eamon Kalyan Dutta, MD
(770) 454-2320
2151 Peachford Rd
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gauhati Med Coll, Gauhati Univ, Gauhati, Assam, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Abelardo R Delgado, MD
Buford, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Sup De Cien Med De La Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Graduation Year: 1964

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Cecile Q Nguyen
(404) 766-4633
1029 Cleveland Ave
East Point, GA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Rommer M Tayag
(478) 929-2909
1743 Watson Blvd
Warner Robins, GA
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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