Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Whiteville NC

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.

DelBert Wayne Ham
(336) 768-3296
190 Kimel Park Dr
Winston-Salem, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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James B Parsons
(336) 623-9711
117 E Kings Hwy
Eden, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Maurice Bienenfeld
(919) 303-1072
1505 Sw Cary Pkwy
Cary, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Terri M Byrd, MD
(630) 727-5281
PO Box 596
Shallotte, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1979

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Mary Kathryn Rudyk, MD
(910) 791-5047
320 Friendly Shores Rd
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mc Master Univ, Sch Of Med, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1978

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Mark D Darrow
(910) 343-0161
2131 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC
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Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas Emil Gross
(704) 663-3063
417 E Statesville Ave
Mooresville, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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John Folger
(828) 277-4848
190 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Meredith Richmond Ross, MD
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1979

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Lina Marie Perez, MD
(704) 376-5636
1718 E 4th St Ste 805
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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