Science just proved that owning a dog makes you live longer

21 November, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Shutterstock       Dogs may provide more than companionship. They may provide serious health benefits too

Other factors that may contribute to the health benefits of owning a dog are the social contacts spurred by having a dog and the influence of a dog on its owner's microbiome.

The research found that people who owned dogs originally bred for hunting, such as retrievers, terriers and scent hounds, had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study-conducted over 12 years by researchers at Uppsala University, which is basically Sweden's Harvard-analyzed 3.4 million Swedish people between the ages of 40 and 80, and found that in particular people who own hunting breeds got the most health benefits from owning a dog.

According to doctors, to single owners of dogs animals have a positive effect, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 36 percent.

People living alone have the highest risk of developing a heart disease or having a stroke.

That dog in your home could be a lifesaver
Study: Owning dog linked to lower risk of dying earlier

If playing with your dogs, and napping with your dogs, and throwing chew toys around, and getting your face licked is good for your health, we know a couple of people who are going to live forever.

"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households".

Mental health has previously been shown to have a link to heart health, and previous studies have shown a link between loneliness and poor heart health. "Single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of myocardial infarction during follow-up compared to single non-owners", said researcher Mwenya Mubanga in a press release.

'Dogs may be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular risk by providing a non-human form of social support and increasing physical activity. Senior author Professor Tove Fall said this study was 100 times larger than other research to establish dog ownership with walking more.

So basically, dogs are great because they keep you happy and keep you active, which keep your ticker ticking along nicely.


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