Owning A Dog Allows You To Live Longer, According To Scientists

Owning A Dog Allows You To Live Longer, According To Scientists

Animals can be a great source of happiness and well-being for their owners, and they sometimes count them as members of their families. This is the reason why therapy dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, have become so ubiquitous in hospitals, retirement homes and prisons.

Psychic benefits of having pets

These compassionate animals provide love and affection to those who need it most. They bring joy to solitary hearts, comfort the sick and offer physical contact to people who otherwise receive little or no contact.

If you've ever been lucky enough to live with a dog, you've already felt that you were the center of the universe for him. Who else will greet you with unbridled joy, turning in frantic circles, barking with excitement when you come home from work? The animal-human link is profoundly powerful, and research proves it at last.

Pets can lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels. A recent study found that even watching fish swim in an aquarium can lower blood pressure and heart rate and reduce stress. In addition, pets provide a company that can help fight feelings of loneliness.

Most dogs must be walked twice a day, which means you walk alongside them. This increased physical activity not only improves your physical health, but also fights depression and makes you happier.

Oxytocin is the hormone of well-being responsible for love and the bond between mother and baby. Watching a dog in the eye releases oxytocin in dogs and humans.

The benefits of having a pet, and especially a dog, do not stop there, scientists have shown that it can reduce the risk of early death.

Low risk of early death

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

The research team analyzed national registries for people aged 40 to 80 and compared them to dog ownership records. They found that there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease among dog owners, especially the hunting breeds. They also stated that owning a dog increases social contact and well-being among owners, and even changes the owner's bacterial microbiota.

Mwenya Mubanga, one of the authors of the study at Uppsala University, said the results showed that owners of live dogs alone had a 33% reduction in the risk of death and an 11% reduction risk of heart attack. In fact, according to previous studies, people living alone are at higher risk of cardiovascular death.

For their study, published in Scientific Reports, the team examined the data from 2001 to 2012. In Sweden, every visit to a hospital is recorded in national databases, while the registration of dogs has been mandatory since 2001.

Owning a dog of breeds originally bred for hunting, such as burrows and labradors, has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disorders.

Dr. Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation has stated that dog ownership is associated with reduced mortality and a low risk of having heart disease. Previous studies have shown this association but have not been conclusive, largely due to the size of the study population.

However, as many dog owners may agree, the main reason for owning a dog is pleasure. But whether you own a dog or not, staying active is a great way to improve the health of your heart.

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