Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Wetumpka AL

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.

Nageswara Rao Chava, MD
(334) 272-4670
6524 Eastwood Glen Dr
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sri Venkatesvara Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Tirupati, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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John Percy Hagler
(334) 277-8720
241 Winton Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Joel Charles Bolen, MD
(334) 277-7665
3150 Knightsbridge Curv
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1995

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Nageswara Chava
215 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

John Hagler
4212 Carmichael Ct N
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Geriatric Family Practice, Alzheimer's Specialist

Silas Olaitan Gbenle
(334) 272-4670
215 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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John Percy Hagler Jr, MD
(334) 213-8803
4212 Carmichael Ct N
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1973

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Glenda Reynolds
(334) 244-3891
Montgomery, AL
Practice Areas
Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Joel Bolen
4780 Woodmere Blvd
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Joel Bolen
(334) 284-3165
4240 Narrow Lane Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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