This article originally appeared on Easy Health Options®.
If you are worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease, that fear is justified. This frightening condition can wipe out your personality and memory. But scientists in Finland say you can actually lower your risk by changing your attitude toward your fellow humans.
A study of more than 1,400 seniors showed that those who were the most cynical, distrusting their friends and family to the greatest extent, were most at risk for dementia.
“These results add to the evidence that people’s view on life and personality may have an impact on their health, says study author Anna-Maija Tolppanen, of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. “Understanding how a personality trait like cynicism affects risk for dementia might provide us with important insights on how to reduce risks for dementia.”
The research showed that people with high levels of cynical distrust tripled their risk of dementia compared to people who were more trusting.