Owning dog linked to lower risk of dying earlier

18 November, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Cecelia Webb
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For instance, people who choose to get a dog are generally more active in the first place and of better health.

According to the study managed to establish that the dog in the family significantly reduces the risk of premature death by more than 33%, and also prevent the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system by more than 11%.

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.

The decrease was strongest in people who lived alone.

Those in multi-person households had an overall risk of death that was 11 percent lower than non-dog-owners, and a 15 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death. Even more interesting: Owners of breeds like terriers, retrievers and scent hounds were even less likely to develop heart disease.

Tove Fall, senior author of the study, said there were some limitations: "These kind of epidemiological studies look for associations in large populations but do not provide answers on whether and how dogs could protect from cardiovascular disease". Here's what else they found and details on how they conducted their study.

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




The researchers examined seven national databases in Sweden, including two that track dog ownership, and focused on people aged 40 to 80.

Fall says the study's results can be generalized to the entire Swedish population, and likely to other European countries with similar living standards and culture regarding dog ownership. It adds adds to mounting evidence about the benefits of living with a canine companion.

The psychological effects of owning a dog are well-known: A furry housemate can reduce stress and improve well-being.

Bond commented that owners of hunting breeds may be getting more exercise because these dogs are more active as opposed to small dogs who do not require as much exercise. "The primary reason to adopt a dog or any other pet should be to give that dog or pet a loving home and to not do it just thinking that okay, I have a dog and now I'm going to be healthier".

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

Dr Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation, said: "Owning a dog is associated with reduced mortality and risk of having heart disease".

Scientists said the companionship was key, along with the physical activity in taking it for a walk.

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