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.

Margaret A Noel
(828) 771-2219
100 Far Horizons Ln
Asheville, NC
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Rawinder Jit Singh, MD
Cary, NC
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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Rushad Darius Shroff, MD
(910) 738-9267
121 Village Walk W
Lumberton, NC
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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(704) 694-5159
208 Hall Street
Wadesboro, NC
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Geriatric Medicine

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

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(828) 859-6697
37 Wilderness Rd
Tryon, NC
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Geriatric Medicine

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(919) 966-1072
101 Manning Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
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Geriatric Medicine

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Iftequar Unnisa Ahmed
(919) 789-0891
3225 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC
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Geriatric Medicine

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Rohit Maganlal Patel, MD
(803) 328-3949
16819 Turtle Point Rd
Charlotte, NC
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Bj Med Coll, Gujarat Univ, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1980

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(704) 344-2170
8401 Medical Plaza Dr
Charlotte, NC
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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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