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.

Naveena Polavarapu, MD
(847) 723-2210
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Siddartha Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1997

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Joseph Anthony Mangano, MD
(919) 872-0604
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1954

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Wayne Andrew Hale
(336) 832-8035
1125 N Church St
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Hal T Stoneking
(336) 274-3241
301 E Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Gerald Kenneth Hill
(336) 373-1557
1317 N Elm St
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Michael Gavin Robson
(336) 544-5400
1309 N Elm Street
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Tamas Soos
(336) 835-9355
380 Parkwood Medical Park
Elkin, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Brooks W Gilmore, MD
(336) 292-4662
600 Glentower Dr
Greensboro, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 1
Graduation Year: 1956

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Jose R Pena, MD
(704) 895-6775
9604 Holly Point Dr
Huntersville, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1990

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Elizabeth J Herskovits Castillo
(828) 257-4730
118 Wt Weaver Blvd
Asheville, NC
Specialty
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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