Owning A Dog Is Good For You, Especially If You Live Alone
Owning A Dog Is Good For You, Especially If You Live Alone
Dog ownership decreases your chances of developing heart disease
21 November, 2017, 01:08
"Dogs force their owners to walk them (if they are good owners) or in the case of sport, having a hunting animal may again help promote more walking".
Senior study author Tove Fall said the results showed dog owners had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. For people living alone, man's best friend can decrease your risk of death by 33% and your risk of cardiovascular-related death by 36% compared to people who live alone that don't have a pet.
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Dr. Mubanga went on, "perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households".
In an interview with MedicalResearch.com, Dr. Fall, who is associate senior lecturer of epidemiology in the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden, noted that "loneliness and sedentary lifestyle are two major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality, but are notoriously hard to prevent in the general population".
A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analysed the health records of 3.4 million people in the country, where databases contain detailed information on nearly everyone's hospitalisations, medical history and even whether they own a dog. At the beginning of the study, none of them had been diagnosed with heart disease.
It is possible that dog owners are healthier and more active before they get a canine companion, she said. "This may be more prominent in dog owners who benefit from the companionship, unconditional love and support". But the authors of the study attempted to clarify the reasons further.
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