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Cynicism Linked to Greater Dementia Risk, Study Finds

Cynical Distrust Among Adults

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  • Older people with high levels of cynical distrust had a more than 2.5 times greater risk of developing dementia than those with low levels
  • Cynical people are more likely to smoke and gain excess weight, and less likely to exercise. They also struggle more with stress and have higher levels of chronic inflammation, which is linked to chronic diseases including dementia
  • Women with cynical, hostile attitudes are more likely to die prematurely and have higher rates of death from coronary heart disease than women with “positive future expectations”
  • Whereas hostility, anger, and cynicism raise your risk of heart problems and chronic disease, happiness lowers it
  • If you know your attitude trends toward the negative, please realize that you can actively work toward becoming more positive

By Dr. Mercola

The state of your mind has more to do with your health than you might think. In fact, it's capable of influencing not only your mood but also your physical health, including that of your brain.


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