A Healthy Brain for Life: How to Prevent Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Memory Loss

A Healthy Brain for Life: How to Prevent Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Memory Loss

by Richard MD Furman


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Many people claim they would rather be diagnosed with cancer than dementia or Alzheimer's. What they may not realize is that decreased or impaired brain function is not a foregone conclusion as we get older. Our own lifestyle choices and habits can have a significant impact—for good or ill—on our brains. And that means there's hope.

Drawing from the latest medical research, Dr. Richard Furman helps readers understand brain health and shows them how to make three powerful lifestyle changes that can help decrease the probability of developing dementia or Alzheimer's. He explains how eating the right foods, exercising, and sustaining an ideal weight can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing brain disorders in the first place, and even how those habits can slow the progression of dementia in someone who has already received a diagnosis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800735401
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 220,332
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than 30 years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life, Take Charge of Your Cholesterol, and Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword Senator Bill Frist 9

Foreword Franklin Graham 13

Introduction 15

Part 1 Understanding Dementia

1 What Is Dementia? 25

2 The Stages of Alzheimer's 39

3 The Brain, Imagery, and Testing 59

Part 2 The Aging Process and the Health of Your Arteries

4 The Importance of Protecting Your Arteries 81

5 Midlife and Alzheimer's 117

Part 3 The Risk Factors for Developing Alzheimer's

6 Your Course Determines Your Destination 133

7 Risk Factor 1: High Cholesterol 139

8 Risk Factor 2: A Sedentary Lifestyle 167

9 Risk Factor 3: Excess Weight 173

10 Risk Factor 4: High Blood Pressure 177

11 Risk Factor 5: Diabetes 183

Part 4 Lifestyle Choices for Defeating Dementia

12 The Lifestyle Habits We Control 189

13 Defeating Dementia Lifestyle 1: A Healthy Diet 199

14 Defeating Dementia Lifestyle 2: Ideal Weight 227

15 Defeating Dementia Lifestyle 3: Exercise 241

16 Bonus Lifestyle Choices: Defeating Dementia by Staying Mentally and Socially Active 259

The Last Leaf 263

Epilogue 271

Conclusion 277

References 279

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