Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia

Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia

by Richard MD Furman

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Dementia. It's one of the most dreaded conditions we face as we age. Many people claim they would rather be diagnosed with cancer than dementia or Alzheimer's. What many don't realize is that dementia is not a forgone conclusion as we get older. Our own lifestyle choices and habits can have a significant impact--for good or ill--on our chances of developing the disease. And that means there's hope.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493412570
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 376,897
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life and Your Cholesterol Matters, 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 Boone, North Carolina.
Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life and Your Cholesterol Matters, 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 Boone, North Carolina.

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Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Doug-S More than 1 year ago
Informative book, but limited in scope due to author’s own medical and nutritional biases In his latest book, “Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia,” Richard Furman, M.D., describes what dementia is, how it debilitates and what we can do to stave off both its onset and progression. Published by Revell, his 304-page book covers the physiology and neuroscience behind Alzheimer’s, as well as the heart-brain connection (i.e., blood flow between the arteries and vessels of the brain and heart, as well as plague buildup in each). He also lays out a plan for attacking the mental malady by focusing on the three main areas we can control: diet, weight and exercise, with the main goal of the book being prevention. Interwoven throughout Furman’s book is the real life story of Mrs. Dell. In each chapter, he describes her seemingly vibrant life before there were any hints of the disease, then slow and gradual progression of the disease as time went on. This real life story brings home the reality of the disease as it’s happening to one experiencing its merciless onslaught. Among the highlights of the book were Furman’s citations of specific tests that can now be performed to detect the disease (pg. 91). For example, special MRI studies that detect how much blood flow is happening in the brain. While Furman’s book is extremely insightful and timely, he dismisses the latest studies and research that go beyond prevention to actually reversing the disease. He’s also very adamant about certain aspects of diet such as avoiding egg yolks, which contain most of the nutrients and have since been found in numerous studies not to contribute to high cholesterol as once thought. Moreover, Furman also dismisses Alzheimer’s clinical trials, as well as available FDA-approved drugs that slow down its progression, such as: Donepezil (Aricept), approved to treat all stages of Alzheimer’s; Rivastigmine (Exelon), approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s; and Galantamine (Razadyne), also approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Other aspects Furman ignores are the role of organic food and nutritional supplements, as well as brain exercises and memory games. He does touch on studies supporting a Mediterranean diet that attribute to healthy brain arteries (pg. 200-202), but he doesn’t elaborate on exactly what that entails. He describes short menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they are very limited and offer little, if any, variety. Plus, he doesn’t suggest eating a wide array of fruits and vegetables. In addition, people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are likely to have a predisposition to the disease due to heredity. Overall, while Furman’s book is well-written and very informative, it doesn’t go far enough in addressing the aforementioned advanced treatments in preventing or controlling Alzheimer’s. Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through the Revell Bloggers Program. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.
HappyNester More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an informative yet easy to read book! The author intersperses medical information with stories and observations made of his own mother-in-law as she progressed through the stages of Alzheimer’s over the course of 15 years. The book is easy to read and understand – much harder to actually practice in real life! But read it does give hope on how to ward off dementia. As I read the book there were several things that struck me – like “What is good for the heart is good for the brain.” And a high LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and being overweight would increase the chances for getting Alzheimer’s. “Run from (red meat, cheese, butter, cream and fried foods) like your mental performance depends on it, because it does.” “So many people attribute everything to their genes. But even if you inherit some bad genes, you can still decrease your odds of developing Alzheimer’s.” Powerful, helpful words! This book is just a wealth of knowledge and I so highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book really gives you a good idea of what dementia and Alzheimer’s really is. This tells the stages that one goes through and some ways to possibly slow the progression down. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Informative and encouraging, Defeating Dementia is a helpful resource for those who want to know more about dementia and its many forms. Dispersing medical research and scientific findings with personal experiences, Dr. Furman helps readers gain a greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Pointing out the correlation between our lifestyle choices and the likelihood of various forms of dementia, Dr. Furman offers measures that can be taken to prevent dementia, as well as slow the process if it has already begun. “Every one of us is affected today in some way by Alzheimer’s dementia, though clearly some much more directly than others. Current trends suggest those connections will grow closer and more painfully personal with the passing of each year.” Having read this book, I am more equipped and committed to preventing this dreaded diagnosis. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting and eye opening book. I thought that the author did a very good job of showing the connection between artery health and future issues with forms of dementia and Altzheimer’s. The author highlights important reasons to be eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to decrease the likelihood of dementia. This subject matter is pretty heavy and I did have to take breaks between reading through sections of it because, let’s face it, it is hard to think of this happening to yourself or a loved one someday. I appreciated the numerous studies included and explained in this book, as well as the segments of the author’s own personal experience with Altzheimer’s through the decline of his mother-in-law’s health years earlier. This added a personal touch to the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
At first I almost passed up this book. But something made me go back and request to review it. I’m glad I did. Dementia is close to my heart because there has been some question whether my own father might have it or not. I don’t know. But this book pulled me in and educated me and taught me there is hope with simple changes in our lifestyle we can slow the process down. I also learned about the risk factors for dementia. Unfortunately, many older people have these risk factors. I do and I’m not that old yet. But I have always struggled with my cholesterol. I am working at changing and now I have even greater motivation. The other thing that made this book so interesting to me was how the author dispersed the story of his mother-in-law throughout. This broke up all the science type stuff (which typically bores me) and made the book more personal. I really liked this book and appreciated the information. If this is a topic that interests or concerns you this book will encourage you. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
I watched my paternal grandfather go through dementia and I know how heartbreaking it is for loved ones. As a result, Defeating Dementia by Richard Furman looked interesting and helpful as someone who doesn't want to follow in my grandfather's footsteps. Dr. Furman has been a vascular surgeon for more than thirty years. He draws on his expertise to write Defeating Dementia. At the same time, he watched his mother-in-law go through dementia so he also writes as one who has witnessed the challenges of the disease in a loved one. Defeating Dementia is divided into four parts: Understanding Dementia, The Aging Process and the Health of Your Arteries, The Risk Factors for Developing Alzheimer's, and Lifestyle Choices for Defeating Dementia. This book is straightforward and written so a layperson can easily understand the process and how to prevent the disease. Throughout the book, he also shares a sidebar of his mother-in-law Mrs. Dell's experience with dementia. I found Defeating Dementia to be interesting and easy to read. I thought he presented the facts quite well. My only concern is that he tends to push just one way of doing things as the best way. He suggests jogging for the best exercise, for example. Not everyone can jog with injuries, like me. However, I can bike and swim. I have seen recent studies that show that this exercise forms also improve cardiovascular health. I wish he had mentioned more about this. I also wondered if some of his information on diet was outdated. I have seen recent studies that show eating eggs do not raise cholesterol and yet he suggests avoiding eggs. He is also quite strict in his regimen and I am not sure some of my loved ones would adhere to the plan. Outside of the eggs, I already follow much of his dietary advice myself. Outside of these concerns, I found the rest of the book to be quite informative and to offer good solid advice. I especially liked the sidebar and following a dementia patient through the stages. I would recommend the book as a whole. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Dr. Richard Furman writes a very compelling and convincing book about how nutrition and exercise help delay and prevents the onset of dementia/Alzheimer’s. One of the phrases he repeats frequently in his book is, “What is good for the heart, is good for the brain.” He cites numerous studies about how high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight and high cholesterol negatively affect your brain health. He also explains what dementia is and the physical effects to the brain. In some ways the information seems repetitive because as he explains each aspect of the risk factors the damage to the brain is the same. He also includes a personal component to the book. Throughout, there are sections inserted that explain what is happening to his mother-in-law (Mrs. Dell) as she advances in her Alzheimer’s. I found this portion helpful because it was a practical example of what Alzheimer’s looks like at each stage and the progression. The final portion of the book explains healthy habits for the brain. I found this to be very similar information to his pervious book Prescription for Life. It was a good reminder and he certainly convinced me to make some changes in my habits toward a healthy lifestyle. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
TheFlyingErrow More than 1 year ago
I was quite excited when I saw this book, as I have always wanted to know more about dementia. A couple of years ago, my grandfather passed away from Louis-body Dementia, and while this book puts more of an emphasis on Alzheimer’s, and was still able to get a deeper insight as to what was happening in the brain of my grandfather. Author Richard Furman does a very good job of relating to the readers, providing many stories from his own life. The book contains a good amount of simple medical talk with good explanations, perfect for people who want to know more about dementia but didn’t go to medical school. Furman not only explains what happens in your body when you get dementia, but also what you can do from early on to help prevent it. Basically, keep your heart healthy and you have a better chance of not getting dementia, as dementia is partly caused by plaque build-ups in the arteries that bring nutrients to the brain. So if you want to help prevent dementia, a good thing to do would be to eat healthy and workout, to make sure your heart is healthy! I ended up really enjoying this book, though part of that may be because I love learning about the human body. To me, anatomy and diseases are very interesting topics, so this chance to learn even more was great. I also want to give a big thank you to Revell Publishing House for sending me this book to review!