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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Preston Estep Narrator: James Anderson Foster Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504767224
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From an esteemed geneticist and the director of gerontology at the Personal Genome Project at Harvard Medical School comes a revolutionary plan for curbing memory loss and improving cognitive longevity that will forever change how you think about diet and aging.

All around the world people are living longer than ever, but record numbers of us are experiencing cognitive decline and other brain disorders later in life. New studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is the number three cause of death in developed countries, behind heart disease and cancer. But there is good news. We now have the knowledge to extend both lifespan and mindspan, helping to ensure that our minds and bodies stay in peak form at any age.

Studying the diets of the “mindspan elite,” those populations that live longest with low levels of dementia—as well as the ways that certain food additives and ingredients interact with our genes—Dr. Preston Estep explains how some recent books on the brain and aging have steered us down the wrong dietary path. Shattering myths about which foods are and are not beneficial to our brains, The Mindspan Diet reveals a simple plan to slow cognitive decline. Startling in its revelations about healthy eating for those over the age of forty, it challenges us to rethink our approach to many common staples, including the following:

  • Iron: While iron-fortified foods sound healthy, high iron intake can be toxic, especially for people over forty, and increases the risk of adult-onset diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Whole grains: Processed grains such as white rice, pasta, and flour are actually staples in the diets of cultures with the best cognitive health.
  • Protein: Though it’s considered by some to be a miracle macronutrient, high levels of protein are actually hard on the kidneys and may promote cancer and accelerate the progression of dementia.

Complete with food recommendations, shopping lists, advice on reading nutrition labels, and more than seventy delicious recipes, The Mindspan Diet shows that you can enjoy the richest flavors life has to offer and remain lean, healthy, and cognitively intact for a very long life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Estep’s insights into aging are informed by the last sixty years of research…This fascinating, important book…includes plenty of practical info.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “He coins the term mindspan to describe the length of life with good mental performance and notes that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. The latter can be altered to insure that the mind remains in peak condition…Lists of recommended foods and brands as well as tasty recipes are provided; also offered are resources for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and recommended genetic and biomarker testing.”

    Library Journal

  • “Compelling and provocative, this book details dietary choices that will maximize your chances of having a long ‘mindspan.’”

    Brian Kennedy, PhD, president and CEO, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

  • “This gem of a book offers a practical road map for maximizing vibrant cognitive functioning throughout life. We come away convinced that a longer and better life is as close as our own kitchen cupboards. And the chickpea and fava bean tapenade is to not die for!”

    Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

  • “Founded on rigorous scientific evidence and up-to-date research, The Mindspan Diet debunks myths and misinformation that have become widespread among nutritional ‘experts.’ It provides a few simple changes that we can all incorporate to give ourselves the best opportunity for longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.”

    Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, professor of pathology and founding director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute at the University of Washington

  • “Dr. Estep exposes common misconceptions and well-intentioned but misguided advice on aging and diet. Rigorously researched, this book is also full of tasty tips—illuminating not just a set of rules to follow as blindly as the last set but how you can apply scientific methods to assess these and other important issues in our increasingly technical world.”

    George M. Church, PhD, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics and professor of health sciences and technology, Harvard Medical School

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About the Author

Preston Estep III, PhD, received his doctorate in genetics from Harvard Medical School. He is the director of gerontology at the Harvard Personal Genome Project, and he manages the project’s genome sequencing pipeline. A cofounder and adviser to multiple biomedical start-ups and nonprofit organizations, he is also a founder and the chief scientific officer of Veritas Genetics and the chairman of the Mind First Foundation, a mental health nonprofit that he established with professors at Harvard Medical School.

About the Narrator

James Anderson Foster, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, has narrated audiobooks for a variety of publishers, across nearly all genres, both fiction and nonfiction. In 2015, he was a finalist in three categories for the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Awards, for mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.