Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Winder GA

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.

James Songmin Lee
(678) 442-3294
1000 Medical Center Blvd
Lawrenceville, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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David Russell Fields, MD
(845) 896-6203
605 Tom Brewer Rd
Loganville, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1984

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May Luz F Bullecer, MD
(770) 267-9484
1220 Founders Blvd
Athens, GA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1994

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May Luz Falcon Bullecer
(706) 549-8931
1500 Oglethorpe Ave
Athens, GA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Shahid Rafique
(770) 736-1735
2351 Henry Clower Blvd
Snellville, GA
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Abelardo R Delgado, MD
Buford, GA
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Sup De Cien Med De La Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Graduation Year: 1964

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Riaz Ali Syed
(678) 377-0900
870 Collins Hill Rd
Lawrenceville, GA
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Wayne Samuel Morris
(706) 546-5700
270 Hawthorne Ave
Athens, GA
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Geriatric Medicine

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Deborah Gilbert Henry, MD
2121 Fountain Dr
Snellville, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1989

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Kavita Bollavaram, MD
(770) 985-1870
Snellville, GA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Siddartha Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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