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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Smita Upkar Varshney, MD
(706) 378-8180
19 Redmond Rd NW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Marathwada Univ, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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May Luz F Bullecer, MD
(770) 267-9484
1220 Founders Blvd
Athens, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1994

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Benjamin Luther Watson
(912) 527-5100
1326 Eisenhower Dr
Savannah, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Kesavan Gopa Kumar
(229) 242-8480
3207 Country Club Dr
Valdosta, GA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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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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Ajaya Kumar Upadhyaya, MD
3650 Mansell Rd
Alpharetta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mkcg Med Coll, Berhampur Univ, Berhampur, Orissa, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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Bettadapura R Manjunath
(706) 733-0188
1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Rajiv Verma, MD
1421 Ross Dr
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1996

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Kimberley Dorene Hess, MD
1440 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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