Adopting a dog may help single people extend lifespan

That dog in your home could be a lifesaver

The findings also suggest increased social well-being and immune system development as additional reasons why dog ownership offers protection against cardiovascular disease and death. Overall, the investigators concluded that those who owned a dog had a 20% reduced risk of death from any cause and a 23% reduced risk of death from cardiac disease.

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

A fact that most of us already knew have been authenticated by a study, the fact that dog owners live much healthier, happier and longer lives.

The new research found a statistically significant link between owning a dog and lower heart disease risk. Risk of death among these dog owners fell by 11% and their chances of cardiovascular death were 15% lower.

Researchers believed canine pets help to lower loneliness, which has been described as "akin to a chronic long-term condition" and linked to disorders including heart disease.

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Dr. Mubanga went on, "perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households". At the beginning of the study, none of them had been diagnosed with heart disease.

The analysis revealed that single people benefit the most from dog ownership when it comes to the health of their hearts. 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.

'Dogs may be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular risk by providing a non-human form of social support and increasing physical activity. When compared with single individuals without a dog, single dog owners experienced a 33% decreased risk of death.

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.

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