How Having A Dog Could Add Years To Your Life
Not only pets are always there to listen when you’ve had a bad day, they can also keep you active on walks and definitely show off their hilarious quirks that will keep you laughing all day long. You might have heard that people with pets live longer. Scientists have been studying the reasons why is that so, and a recent study suggests that if you’re a dog person you have a lot to celebrate. So here’s how having a dog could add years to your life.
At Uppsala University in Sweden, scientists studied more than 3.4 million Swedes with no history of heart disease. As all hospital visits in Sweden are linked to a personal identification number and all dogs are registered with the government, it created an ideal scenario for studying health and pups’ effect on it.
You will be amaze to see the findings which were really interesting. First, you were less at risk of dying of cardiovascular disease if you owned a pure breed dog. Owners with mixed breeds had shown more mixed results.
They also studied the difference between multi-person houses and single people’s houses, and the results suggest that dogs really are part of the family. In the homes with several people, cardiovascular risk declined by 11 percent. That number went up to 15 percent in single households.
The scientist continued, “The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 percent reduction in risk of death and 11 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction during follow-up compared to single non-owners.”
As these results don’t explain why dog owners live longer, but the researchers have some good ideas about it. Of course, there were limitations to the study regarding owners’ health before buying the dog, but some hypotheses can still be drawn.
We all know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one of the explanation to the observed results.
“Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner”.
So overall, it seems like having a dog can really make a difference in your health, especially if you start taking long walks with your furry cutie best friend.