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Dogs drastically lowers risk of premature death, especially in people living alone

Want to live longer? Get a dog Want to live longer? Get a dog
Derrick Tucker | 18 November, 2017, 01:43

For instance, people who choose to get a dog are generally more active in the first place and of better health.

Previous research has proven pooches can be heart-healthy additions to the family through encouraging exercise and boosting social interaction, corresponding author Tove Fall and colleagues wrote in the study, published Friday in Nature: Scientific Reports.

Even in such cases, the authors wrote, dog ownership has consistently been linked to improved survival in coronary artery disease patients.

Researchers followed more than 3.4 million Swedish adults, ages 40 through 80, over a 12-year period to investigate their health in comparison with non-owners.

Among canine owners, those who had terriers, retrievers, and scent hounds had lower rates of cardiovascular disease than owners of other dog breeds But the statistical tie might have more to do with the lifestyles that those kinds of dog owners have, where they live-out in the country, rather than the city, say-and other factors, rather than anything specific to the actual breed of the dog.

Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found.

According to the results, single dog owners had a 33% reduction in the risk of premature death and 11% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease when compared to single non-owners.

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The team behind the Swedish study also observed a link between hunting breed ownership and heart health, which was unexpected.

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.

"Dog owners in particular tend to be a little more extroverted, or outgoing" Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS, told The Huffington Post.

"Whether you're a pet owner or not, keeping active is a great way to help improve your heart health". "Although careful attention was paid to adjusting for potential confounders in a set of sensitivity analyses, it is still possible that personal characteristics that we did not have information about affect the choice of not only acquiring a dog, but also the breed and the risk of CVD".

A study released shows that a dog really is your best friend.

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

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