Your Dog is Helping You Live Longer

21 November, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • BODY & SOULNovember 20 2017 5:00pm The Times Dr Mark Porter Is owning a dog really that good for your health?newDr Mark Porter

Fall said while the link between dog ownership and lower heart heart disease was clear, how dogs helped our hearts was less so.

Researchers from Uppsala University have released the results of a 12-year study that followed over 3.4 million Swedish adults, looking at their heart health and risks for heart disease.

According to doctors, to single owners of dogs animals have a positive effect, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 36 percent. Overall, the investigators concluded that those who owned a dog had a 20% reduced risk of death from any cause and a 23% reduced risk of death from cardiac disease.

"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results", Tove said. The study concludes that owning a canine pet may prevent cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions by increasing the dog owner's social contact and well-being.

Dr. Mubanga went on, "perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households". People who own a dog may live longer and be healthier due to their pooches.

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Some of the folks who conducted this study suggest that dogs bring dirt into the house, and they like to sit on your lap.

Dogs can change their owner's microbiome (the microscopic species that live in the gut) by changing the bacteria they are exposed to around the house - seemingly for the better.

Fall believes that while their study provides strong evidence for the health benefits of dogs, their work is not done yet, since it does not answer why dogs achieve these results or why specific breeds seems to offer more protection.

Single dog owners usually walk their dog more than those in households with multiple people.

There's also the argument that active people are more likely to own dogs anyway - if you're more of a fan of Jammie Dodgers and gluing your arse to the sofa, you're probably not going to get a pet who likes to go for a stroll every time it needs to defecate.

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