Study says dog owners live longer, healthier lives

Study says dog owners live longer, healthier lives

Study says dog owners live longer, healthier lives

We've got good news if you want a puppy for Christmas, but your partner just isn't that into the idea. "Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner", says Tove Fall, senior author of the study and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University. For dog owners who live alone, their risk of a death caused by cardiovascular disease decreases by 36 percent and their overall risk of death decreases by 33 percent.

"Dog ownership has many benefits, and we may now be able to count better heart health as one of them". -- ABC11 has chose to slowly reduce the number of stories on the website that have a comments section.

According to the report by Swedish publication Scientific Reports published on Friday, November 17, dogs help reduce the risk of having the cardiovascular disease by providing their owners with social support, companionship and promoting more physical activity.

For the study, Mubanga and team used data from the Sweden's Register of the Total Population to evaluate the heart health of more than 3.4 million Swedes between 40 and 80 years old over 12 years (from 2001 to 2013).

No matter the breed, though, Fall and co-authors wrote dogs are repeatedly proven to have a positive health effect on those living with them.

Dog owners in multi-person households, on the other hand, had an 11 percent lower of death and their chances of a cardiovascular-related death were 15 percent lower. A dog forces you into more activity - he needs walks, after all!

In addition, the researchers were hesitant to assert conclusively that the habits surrounding dog ownership lead to health.

The researchers found that, in age and sex-adjusted analysis, dog ownership was inversely associated with risk of heart attack, ischemic stroke, heart failure and composite CVD, as well as cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality.

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

Bond commented that owners of hunting breeds may be getting more exercise because these dogs are more active as opposed to small dogs who do not require as much exercise.

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.

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