Health Care

Want to live longer? Own a dog

Want to live longer? Own a dog

A new study published Friday found dog owners generally had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death, compared to those who didn't own a canine.

The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog.

The researchers found that, in age and sex-adjusted analysis, dog ownership was inversely associated with risk of heart attack, ischemic stroke, heart failure and composite CVD, as well as cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality. They were also 11% less likely to have a heart attack, an effect that is not shown among people who live with others and is nearly certainly attributable to our children's leftover french fries.

"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results", Fall said.

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Although these large-scale studies based on massive data sets like the national registries in Sweden are an interesting and helpful way of finding associations, it doesn't provide specific answers about how having a dog improves heart health.

While that might be true, there are enough other benefits to dog ownership to make it worth it. Dog owners are shown to be less depressed and make friends easier, according to a recent study.

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

"Another interesting finding was that owners to dogs from breed groups originally bred for hunting were most protected".

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Cardiovascular disease causes more than a quarter (26 per cent) of all deaths in the United Kingdom 160,000 each year.

Professor Fall acknowledged this, noting that those with the motivation to look after and register a dog might similarly be more motivated to look after themselves and visit the doctor. "As a pet owner, I also notice that the people I meet during walks are often other dog owners, especially in bad weather".

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Owning a dog is associated with reduced mortality and risk of having heart disease". Studies have also suggested that dog owners have lower reactivity to stress and faster recovery of blood pressure following stressful events. It's thought a dog may influence its owner's microbiomes as dogs change the dirt in home environments, exposing people to bacteria they may not have encountered otherwise.

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