02 Jun Are Cynical People More Likely to Develop Dementia?
Dr. Tolppanen: Persons who had higher levels of cynical distrust were about three times more likely to develop dementia over eight-year follow-up.
MedicalResearch: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Tolppanen: Yes and no. We were expecting to see a correlation between cynicism and dementia, but we thought that this would likely be explained by socioeconomic position and cardiovascular risk factors.
MedicalResearch: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Tolppanen: In addition to traditional lifestyle-related risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking etc. our personality and attitudes may also have an impact on brain health.
MedicalResearch: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Tolppanen: As this is the first study showing this connection, it would be important to replicate these findings in other, possibly larger studies. If so, other interesting topics would be whether long-standing cynical attitude is related to worse outcomes than later acquired cynicism and whether the change of attitude to more positive has influence on brain health.