Owning A Dog Could Help You Live Longer (Especially If You're Single)

Owning A Dog Could Help You Live Longer (Especially If You're Single)

Tove Fall, senior author of the study and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Uppsala University, noted that while the study found associations between dog ownership and health, it did not provide answers as to how dogs could protect humans from cardiovascular disease.

The study-conducted over 12 years by researchers at Uppsala University, which is basically Sweden's Harvard-analyzed 3.4 million Swedish people between the ages of 40 and 80, and found that in particular people who own hunting breeds got the most health benefits from owning a dog.

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.

A massive scientific study shows having a dog could mean you have a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, the world's leading cause of death.

People living alone have the highest risk of developing a heart disease or having a stroke.




The data cannot prove why the dogs reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, however one suggestion could be because dogs like walking, and it's frowned upon to let a dog go for a hike unaccompanied., so dog owners are likely to be fairly active.

Well, they for sure pick up more shit than those who don't.

"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households", Mubanga said.

There could also be a link between dogs reducing psychological stress factors, like social isolation, depression and loneliness.

The analysis revealed that single people benefit the most from dog ownership when it comes to the health of their hearts. At the beginning of the study, none of them had been diagnosed with heart disease. "Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts, or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner". When compared with single individuals without a dog, single dog owners experienced a 33% decreased risk of death. Either way, the dogs are probably going to lick you all over.

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