Trust me: Cynicism – thinking that others just do nice things in order to get something for themselves – is associated with an increased risk of both dementia and heart disease. At least those are the findings a recent study, reported by ScienceDaily, has found.
Previous studies have shown that those who run around not trusting anyone, assuming that people will lie to get what they want and thinking the world is devoid of altruism and unselfishness have a higher level of heart problems – which sounds like a poetic conceit, but it’s also scientific fact.
The study conducted by scientists at the University of Eastern Finland, from an initial pool of 1,449 older people, were able to follow a group of 622 people for eight years. Since dementia risk is also increased by smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the researchers took those factors into consideration, but even then, the highly cynical people were three times more likely to move into dementia than their more gullible, loving peers.
Don’t believe it? Check out the complete report in the May 28, 2014, issue of the American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology. The summary of the report is posted at ScienceDaily.com.
By: Kay Campbell