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Dementia and Negativity: Personality Traits Link to Disease

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A link between dementia and negativity has been known to cause heart disease, but a new study out reveals that negative thoughts can actually be a link to developing dementia. A new study published in a recent online edition of  Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that cynical people have a higher likelihood of developing dementia.Cynics are individuals that mistrust others, believing that selfish interests motivate everyone. Cynicism is believed to be a trait that is a form of chronic anger that builds up over time. The study actually looked a individuals that not only had negative thinking, but believed that others had selfish motivations and did did not do anything that would be in the best interest of a community. 1,500 participants of the study were assessed for dementia and levels of cynicism. The cynicism test asked the participants if they person agreed with these  statements: “Most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it”; “I think most people would lie to get ahead” “It is safer to trust nobody.” Those who agreed with the above statements were considered highly cynical individuals. The study reports that the individuals that scored in the highest level of distrust had a 2.54 times greater risk of developing dementia than those with the lowest ratings. Why dementia and negativity may go hand in hand…. It is believed that a person with a negative attitude leads to poor health. Negative individuals are usually smokers, have low physical activity and poor nutrition. Negative people are usually non complaint with any advice regarding their health, as they do not believe what is said by others. Individuals with negative attitudes tend to have a stronger stress response resulting in higher levels of cortisol levels, higher heart rate as well as blood pressure. The good news is, a negative attitude and a cynical approach to live can be changed. A mindful approach to life can improve your attitude and your health. 10 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Aging Parents Narcissism and the Aging Parent Care Givers Survival Guide   Sources: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/28/health/cynical-dementia/index.html http://www.researchgate.net/publication/262693752_Late-life_cynical_distrust_risk_of_incident_dementia_and_mortality_in_a_population-based_cohort