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Build a Better Brain at Any Age
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Keep your brain young, healthy, and sharp with this science-driven guide to protecting your mind from decline by neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.Throughout our life,...
Keep your brain young, healthy, and sharp with this science-driven guide to protecting your mind from decline by neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.Throughout our life,...
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  • Keep your brain young, healthy, and sharp with this science-driven guide to protecting your mind from decline by neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
    Throughout our life, we look for ways to keep our minds sharp and effortlessly productive. Now, globetrotting neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers "the book all of us need, young and old" (Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Code Breaker) with insights from top scientists all over the world, whose cutting-edge research can help you heighten and protect brain function and maintain cognitive health at any age.

    Keep Sharp debunks common myths about aging and mental decline, explores whether there's a "best" diet or exercise regimen for the brain, and explains whether it's healthier to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction. Discover what we can learn from "super-brained" people who are in their eighties and nineties with no signs of slowing down—and whether there are truly any benefits to drugs, supplements, and vitamins. Dr. Gupta also addresses brain disease, particularly Alzheimer's, answers all your questions about the signs and symptoms, and shows how to ward against it and stay healthy while caring for a partner in cognitive decline. He likewise provides you with a personalized twelve-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.

    Keep Sharp is the "must-read owner's manual" (Arianna Huffington) you'll need to keep your brain young and healthy regardless of your age!

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  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN's Emmy Award–winning chief medical correspondent and the host of the acclaimed podcast Chasing Life (formerly Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction), America's go-to resource for expert advice on how to stay healthy and safe. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Life, Cheating Death, Monday Mornings, and Keep Sharp, Dr. Gupta lives in Atlanta, where he works as an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 9, 2020
    Gupta (Chasing Life), a neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN, offers hopeful advice on how to maintain a healthy brain in this bracing study. With many references to medical studies, he thoroughly debunks common myths about the brain, such as that languages become harder to learn as one ages, and explains the processes of various neurological functions, such as creating memories. Those looking for simplistic strategies for improving brain function and memory should look elsewhere, as Gupta subscribes to the notion that what is “good for the heart is good for the brain.” His holistic approach includes exercise, getting enough sleep, and a healthy diet, alongside maintaining a social life and trying new things. Gupta is particularly effective in chapters that address those coping with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and their caregivers; especially useful is his list of logistics for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and resources for patients and their caregivers. While Gupta’s approach to better brain health doesn’t break new ground, his optimism and the wealth of scientific information he corrals will embolden and comfort readers.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2020
    CNN chief medical correspondent Gupta counsels that in order to best take care of your body, you have to first take care of your mind. The author's primary concern is to nurture a resilient brain that propagates new cells, makes the ones you have work more efficiently, and is continuously enriched throughout life. In particular, he wishes to stave off age-related brain illnesses classified under dementia, with Alzheimer's at the fore. Unfortunately, writes Gupta, "we often don't and can't know what triggers cognitive decline in the first place or what propels it over time." Regarding the brain as a whole, "we are still not exactly sure what makes it tick." As such, the author suggests that we get out in front of it and act preventatively by engaging in behaviors that are widely considered brain-friendly. In a steady, measured voice, he presents a comprehensive view of the best that brain science has to offer to preserve and improve memory at the cognitive level. The villains are a rogue's gallery of familiar faces: "physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, smoking, social isolation, poor sleep, lack of mentally stimulating activities, and misuse of alcohol." Gupta explores the evidence, both scientifically documented and anecdotal (but common-sensical), behind the value of exercise; strategies to heighten attention, focus, and concentration; relaxation (including meditation and restorative sleep); diet's microbial effect on the brain; and the value of a diverse social network. None of this is going to make your jaw drop, but they are all good reminders of their import and how we can let them slide by without much thought. Gupta is a shameless name-dropper--"my friend, actor and fitness buff Matthew McConaughey" gives him exercise advice; the Dalai Lama privately tutors him in meditation--but he is also a genuine source of practical knowledge and sympathy to those struggling with dementia and the family members who are primary caregivers--to whom he tenders a wealth of resources. Inclusive and recognizably sturdy advice on building a healthy brain.

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    October 1, 2020
    Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN, has spent a lifetime studying brains. What he's discovered through his own work and the studies of others is that what's good for the body is good for the brain. His plea for increased physical activity, less sugar, more socialization, sustained sleep, and continuous learning is not new, but Gupta does an especially good job explaining exactly what these activities do for the brain. He debunks such common myths as the claims that crossword puzzles fend off Alzheimer's, aging brains are unable to form new synapses, and older people are doomed to dementia. Gupta talks about the need for real food rather than supplements and the importance of hydration, and he presents a 12-week program designed to help readers adopt important dietary and exercise habits. Gupta also takes the time to present a plan of attack for patients who have been diagnosed with dementia and their caretakers. Some of the information can be a little technical, but Gupta's interpretations are both accessible and reassuring.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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