Your Dog May Keep Your Heart in Good Shape into Old Age

Francis Osborne
November 21, 2017

"Dog ownership is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in single households and with a reduced risk of cardiovascular and all-cause death in the general population", the study said.

The study looked at over 3.4 million Swedish individuals between the ages of 40 and 80 sampled from a national database and the Swedish Twin Register over a 12-year study period.

According to doctors, to single owners of dogs animals have a positive effect, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 36 percent.

Fall said while the link between dog ownership and lower heart heart disease was clear, how dogs helped our hearts was less so.

Those who owned mixed breed dogs had the highest risk of cardiovascular disease out of all dog owners.

Some of the folks who conducted this study suggest that dogs bring dirt into the house, and they like to sit on your lap. People who love cats might love to disagree but the fact is that a dog's love is selfless compared to anyone else's.

Dogs could alleviate social isolation, depression and loneliness, the study said.

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'Dogs may be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular risk by providing a non-human form of social support and increasing physical activity.

While the research was carried out in Sweden, Fall does believe it may also apply to other countries, including the US, since popular breeds and people's attitudes toward dog care are similar.

And while it's important to note the results aren't causal (no one with a heart condition was included in this study, for example), it's the latest in a pretty tall stack of studies about the benefits of owning a dog.

However, the authors recognise the limitations of the study, as the data doesn't show the differences between owners and non-owners before getting a dog, which could have influenced results.

After drilling down further, the researchers discovered that people living alone gained the most benefits from dog ownership.

Which is great news, but we know it's not the real reason people get dogs.

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