Your Dog May Help You Live Longer

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Add a dog to your life.

They found that dog ownership was associated with 24 per cent risk reduction in death overall, and the risk of death from cardiovascular-related outcomes dropped by 31 per cent.

The American Heart Health Association explained in a statement that, although the results do not exactly prove that dogs contribute to the better health of their owners, there is some reliable evidence that they are good for the elderly.

Researchers analyzed data over 3.8 million people taken from 10 studies published between 1950 and 1950. The reason could be due to an increase in physical activity and decrease in depression and loneliness among dog owners, which previous studies have confirmed. Caroline Kramer, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and an endocrinologist in NY. They can also provide comfort and companionship, and even help introduce us to other people, whether at dog parks or simply on the street.

More specifically, heart attack survivors living alone who owned a dog had a 33 percent lower risk compared to those living alone who did not own a dog.

Owning a dog could have significant benefits for heart attack and stroke survivors.

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Dog owners within the research tended to have a "better outcome after a major cardiovascular event", the researchers discovered, though the study didn't show trigger and impact.

"We know that loneliness and social isolation are strong risk factors for premature death and our hypothesis was that the company of a pet can alleviate that", said study author Tove Fall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden. "While these non-randomized studies can not "prove" that adopting or owning a dog directly leads to reduced mortality, these robust findings are certainly at least suggestive of this", Levine said. It goes to also very neatly be the case that being more healthy and wealthier causes of us to be more inclined to manufacture a dog.

"One study, my favorite, found just the effect of petting a dog can reduce your blood pressure as much as a medication", Kramer said. In one, a neighborhood of cardiac patients who had been randomly suggested to manufacture a dog or a cat showed a diminished blood stress response to tense scenarios.

"But if possible, I always encourage them to get a dog", she said, "perhaps an older dog who needs to be rescued and not a puppy that will be harder to manage".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. "Maybe it's not the dog itself, it's that people already have a healthier lifestyle before".

Aloof, Kazi writes, the stability of the evidence to this level convinces him that "the affiliation between dog possession and improved survival is right, and is seemingly a minimal of partly causal".

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