Owning A Dog Is Good For You, Especially If You Live Alone

Owning A Dog Is Good For You, Especially If You Live Alone

Owning A Dog Is Good For You, Especially If You Live Alone

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

Well you can add this to the growing list of reasons to get a dog, new research suggests man's best friend is helping owners live longer. Compared with people living in multiperson households without a dog, the risk of death in individuals in multiperson homes with a dog was 11% lower and their risk of cardiovascular death decreased by 15%.

The analysis revealed that single people benefit the most from dog ownership when it comes to the health of their hearts.

Dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, finds a new Swedish study published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports. "We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results", said Professor Fall.

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Well, they for sure pick up more shit than those who don't.

As a single dog owner, an individual is the sole person walking and interacting with their pet as opposed to married couples or households with children, which may contribute to greater protection from cardiovascular disease and death, said the study. Single dog owners had a 33 per cent drop in the risk of death and an 11 per cent drop in the risk of myocardial infarction compared to single non-owners. This includes taking the dog out for a walk in any weather condition. Which, according to the story, "impact your microbiome, the bacteria that live in your gut, and thus your health". Those who choose breeds for hunting would likely already be considered outdoorsy types, and regular exercise has always been associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases.

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. "This may be more prominent in dog owners who benefit from the companionship, unconditional love and support".

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