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 Sanjay Gupta.
Throughout our life, we look for ways to keep our mind sharp and effortlessly productive. Now, globetrotting neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers 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 cognitive 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 only owner’s manual you’ll need to keep your brain young and healthy regardless of your age!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Think of this book as a fitness program for your brain. In this insightful read, Dr. Sanjay Gupta walks us through scientists’ discoveries about how we keep our minds sharp as we get older—and why that’s so important. Drawing from the latest research, Gupta addresses everything from the role of a whole-food diet to the importance of building new friendships to keep your neurons active. Just in case, he also delves into the early warning signs of conditions like dementia, so we know what to look out for. Gupta’s writing is packed with all the scientific knowledge you’d expect from a respected M.D. (and CNN’s chief medical correspondent)—but it’s still conversational, making his exercises and advice feel totally doable. We were encouraged by his examples of real people who’ve used his approach to maintain mental acuity well into their eighties and nineties. Best of all, Gupta condenses his tips into a concise 12-week program for strengthening your own brain. They say you’re as young as you feel, but with a resource like Keep Sharp, you can stay as young as you think.
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.