Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Owning dog linked to lower risk of dying earlier

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.

In Sweden, pet owners are required to register their docs since 2001.

In news that is FAR from barking mad, scientists have discovered that man's best friend may also be man's biggest life-saver.

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

'Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households. Single dog owners were 33% less likely to die during the follow-up period of the study, and 11% less likely to suffer a heart attack, than single non-owners.

The data found that dog owners tend to be younger than non dog owners, as well as residents of areas with a lower population density AKA probably not a horribly polluted city. (Jesus Christ) Fenton was a hunting breed.

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Three million Swedes can't be wrong - dogs lower your heart disease risk.

The researchers can't provide proof dog ownership actually causes a decrease in risk for cardiovascular disease.

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.

The findings were that dogs help their owners live longer by providing them with social support and a more active lifestyle, plus owners wind up spending more time doing outdoor activities.

"Other explanations include an increased wellbeing and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner".

While the research was carried out in Sweden, Fall does believe it may also apply to other countries, including the USA, since popular breeds and people's attitudes toward dog care are similar. And if you do have a dog, well done, now get another.

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