Dog owners have lower mortality

18 November, 2017, 01:43 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • 33 pc reduction? Your dog is protecting you from this disease

"Dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household", Mwenya Mubanga, a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, and the lead junior author of the study, said in a statement announcing its findings.

Researchers found, after looking at data from over 3 million people, that the increased social support and physical activity that comes from having a dog lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11% and death from any cause by 15%. "In this analysis, single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death generally and 11% reduction in risk of heart disease" compared to single people without dogs. Little Fido also gives you some much-needed social interaction if you live alone.

When it came to breeds, canines originally bred for hunting-like terriers, retrievers and scent hounds-were associated with a lower risk of CVD.

A group of Swedish scientists conducted research and used national registries from more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 in order to discover whether there is a connection between dog ownership and cardiovascular health.

Dogs. We already know that they are very good boys and girls. However, owning any dog will reduce an owners risk of death, just to different extents, said Tove Fall, senior author of the study and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Uppsala University. We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation for the observed results.

Is owning a dog connected to better health?


"However, as many dog owners may agree, the main reason for owning a dog is the sheer joy".

"It is hard to say if there truly is a causal effect".

While Bond may not prescribe a dog as treatment for a patient, she said that she will not discourage owning or buying one, or expressing the benefits of owning one.

Another small study found that people who walked dogs five times a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds over a year, which also helps heart health.

The study also says that having a dog increases people's motivation to be more active and add more physical activity into their lives, especially in single-person households where the individuals are exclusively responsible for walking and exercising with their pets. "The associations we see may be that dogs affect the owner's lifestyle and well-being positively", said Fall.

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