Scientists from the U.S. found that people who are organized and have self-discipline may be less likely to develop mild memory and thinking problems while those who are moodier may be at increased risk.
The research is published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and was conducted by Dr. Sara Imarisio et al.
Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI as it’s often called, is a term used to describe early memory and thinking problems in older people.
While it is not a type of dementia many people with MCI experience difficulties that are greater than expected for their age.
However, unlike dementia, these difficulties tend not to get in the way of a person’s day-to-day life.
The risk of developing memory problems is complex and is likely to be a mix of age, genetics, and lifestyle factors.
There is no sure-fire way to prevent MCI or dementia and research is underway to learn more about why some people are at more risk than others.
The team says while the current study can be important for picking out health trends, this type of research is not able to tell us about cause and effect.
This study adds to existing evidence of a potential link between personality types and cognitive decline, but we don’t yet understand the underlying reasons behind this link.
The best current evidence indicates that staying physically and mentally active, eating a healthy balanced diet, not smoking, drinking within the recommended guidelines moderation, and keeping weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in check are all good ways to support healthy brain aging.
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For more information about mental health, please see recent studies about 13 things your doctor can check to help protect brain health, and results show that this mental problem can help predict dementia years before memory loss.
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