Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:16

PETS help you LIVE LONGER, healthier LIVES

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Pets can have a special effect on their owners Pets can have a special effect on their owners

Having a dog is associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, according to a 2017 study that followed 3.4 million people in Sweden. Researchers studied men and women between the ages of 40 and 80 and followed their health records (and whether they owned a dog) for about a dozen years. The study found that for people who lived alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33 percent and their risk of cardiovascular-related death by 36 percent, compared to single people without a pet. Chances of having a heart attack were also 11 percent lower.

The protective effect was particularly outstanding for people living alone, who have been found to have a higher risk for early death than those who live with other people. People who lived alone with a dog had a 33% reduced risk of death, and an 11% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, than people who lived alone without a dog.

The study authors were also amazed to discover that people who owned dogs that were originally bred for hunting—like terriers, retrievers and scent hounds—were the most protected from heart disease and death. Because these dogs naturally need more exercise than other breeds, their owners may be more likely to meet physical activity guidelines, they say.

There are numerous studies showing that dog owners get more physical activity, which could help to prolong a healthy life. For whatever reason, pets certainly can have a special effect on their owners. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 18:26
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