Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Utica NY

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.

Kalpana Pankaj DeSai
(315) 798-4890
2150 Bleecker St
Utica, NY
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General Practice, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Arun Brijlal Patil, MD
(315) 798-4800
19 Narla Ln
Utica, NY
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Dr V M Med Coll, Shivaji Univ, Sholapur, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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Marybeth K Mc Call, MD
(315) 798-6174
1656 Champlin Ave
Utica, NY
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Medical Management
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Female
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1978

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Edward B Bradley, MD
(315) 798-4800
124 Gilbert Rd
New Hartford, NY
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1960

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(315) 867-2700
321 E Albany St
Herkimer, NY
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Joseph C Booth
(315) 724-7999
5592 Trenton Rd
Utica, NY
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Geriatric Medicine

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Marybeth K McCall, MD
(315) 470-5917
1202 Parkway E
Utica, NY
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Medical Management
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Female
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1978

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Florin Olteanu
(315) 798-4800
2150 Bleecker St
Utica, NY
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Wendy R Gomez
(315) 895-2300
295 W Main St
Ilion, NY
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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(315) 841-4184
117 W Main St
Waterville, NY
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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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