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.

Heidi Brainard White, MD
(919) 660-7516
3024 Pickett Rd
Durham, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1989

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Helen Lum
(919) 286-6932
508 Fulton St
Durham, NC
Specialty
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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Marco Pahor, MD
(336) 713-8520
1 Medical Center Blvd,
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Cattol De Sacro Cuore, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Roma, Italy
Graduation Year: 1980

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Jasvinder Pal Singh
(252) 338-6167
1507 N Road St
Elizabeth City, NC
Specialty
General Practice, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Geriatric Medicine, Critical Care (Intensivists), Sleep Medicine

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Ellen Kaczmarek
(828) 277-4848
190 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Kristin M Alline, MD
(828) 286-7939
1390 River Rd
Rutherfordton, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 7
Graduation Year: 1989

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Ralph Liam Leonard, MD
1 Medicine Center Boulevard 300 South Hawthorne Road,
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1997

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

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Josette Maria
(910) 892-8892
800 Susan Tart Rd
Dunn, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, 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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