Your Dog is Helping You Live Longer

Brandon Parsons
November 21, 2017

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. But owning any kind of dog still provides some protection against these risk factors. People who live alone with their dogs see their risk for death decrease by about 33%, and their chances of dying from a cardiovascular disease goes down by 36%.

Another interesting finding was that owners of dogs from breed groups originally bred for hunting - such as terriers, beagles and spaniels - appeared to be most protected.

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

"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results".

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

The researchers analysed Swedish health records and dog ownership information on individuals aged between 40 and 80 with no history of heart disease. 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. And there are also factors that could influence the results, such as people who are already more active being more likely to get a dog (especially a hunting dog, which requires lots of exercise).

"It is hard to say if there truly is a causal effect".

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

While Bond may not prescribe a dog as treatment for a patient, she said that she will not discourage owning or buying one, or expressing the benefits of owning one. "This may be more prominent in dog owners who benefit from the companionship, unconditional love and support".

"We have a colder climate so we have indoor dogs where owners take their dogs out for a walk".

Experts in the United States agreed that the findings made sense.

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