Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?

Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?

Meet Dr. Richard Furman, a retired vascular surgeon from North Carolina. Dr. Furman is a follower of Christ and has written a new book that is endorsed by Franklin Graham entitled, Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia.

Dr. Furman is convinced by his own career, and mounds of research, that roughly two-thirds of Alzheimer’s and dementia can be avoidable with a proper diet, healthy lifestyle and regular exercise—this is a very compelling book!

According to Dr. Furman the reason for this is simple. It’s because a healthy brain is dependent on a healthy heart and a healthy circulatory system—in one word, oxygen. By exercising, maintaining proper nutrition and keeping blood pressure under control, we can contribute to a healthy brain long term. While this certainly does not rule out genetic factors in dementia, it does help explain why so much dementia and Alzheimer’s can be avoided in western culture.

Dr. Furman’s book offers a persuasive summary of his research in simple, laymen’s language, and is a compelling overview as to what has been discovered about preventing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This is must reading! It just makes sense both spiritually and physically—how we take care of our bodies is indeed a spiritual issue. Becky and I were both encouraged and challenged by Dr. Furman’s findings, and have already started to make some adjustments in our own lifestyle accordingly.