Getty Images A study has found that owning a dog can lead to lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes
21 November, 2017, 01:08
Man's best friend could also be man's best health secret.
Researchers found a benefit in owning dogs of all breeds, however, the owners of hunting breeds such as retrievers, terriers, and scent hounds saw the most protection from death and cardiovascular disease.
The data in the study was collected from people aged 40 to 80 who had no history of cardiovascular disease in 2001, with the follow-up period lasting 12 years.
According to the recent study, canine pets are especially beneficial as a preventative measure for people living alone. This was to exclude younger individuals who would naturally be at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease anyway, as well as the elderly who are less likely to own a dog.
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For future exploration, Dr. Fall and her team plan to follow up with studies on the effect of dog ownership on hypertension as well as the acute cardiovascular risk after losing a pet to acute disease. Scientists tracked the correlation between people, cardiovascular disease and whether they had a dog or not.
"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households", Mubanga said in the news release.
"There might also be differences between owners and non-owners already before buying a dog, which could have influenced our results, such as those people choosing to get a dog tending to be more active and of better health". When compared with single individuals without a dog, single dog owners experienced a 33% decreased risk of death. However, owning any dog will reduce an owners risk of death, just to different extents, said Tove Fall, senior author of the study and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Uppsala University. But the authors of the study attempted to clarify the reasons further.
"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation..."
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