Don’t Be a Skeptic: Study Finds Cynics May Be More Likely to Develop Dementia

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Don’t Be a Skeptic: Study Finds Cynics May Be More Likely to Develop Dementia

We all know that having a positive attitude in life is the ideal – banish all the self-doubt, negativity and skepticism for a much healthier mind and body. But while it may seem a bit self-help bookish to some, a new study has shown a possible link between cynical people being more likely to develop dementia.

Anna-Maija Tolppanen, one of the study’s authors and a professor at the University of Eastern Finland, explains:

There have been previous studies that showed that people who were cynical were more likely to die earlier and have other poor health outcomes, but no one that we could tell ever looked at dementia. We have seen some studies that show people who are more open and optimistic have a lower risk for dementia so we thought this was a good question to ask.

The research may be inconclusive (more randomised controlled trials are needed) but having a positive approach has got to be better even without the possible link to dementia

By Ka Hang Leoungk

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