Dog Owners Have a (Healthy) Heart

Tabitha Dunn
November 21, 2017

"Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner", she said in a university news release.

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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.

This was only an observational study, so it didn't prove any link between dog ownership and a lower risk of death from heart disease.

According to The Verge, a recent study in Sweden revealed that "dog owners had a 20 percent lower risk of dying compared to people who didn't have a dog". "Alternatively, it could be reverse causality - people who are fitter and more active are more likely to own a dog".

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"One mechanism by which dog ownership could reduce cardiovascular disease risk and mortality is by alleviating psychosocial stress factors, such as social isolation, depression and loneliness - all reportedly lower in dog owners".

The world's population can be divided into three groups: people who have a dog, people who want to get a dog and bad people.

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

Single dog owners usually walk their dog more than those in households with multiple people. Senior author Professor Tove Fall said this study was 100 times larger than other research to establish dog ownership with walking more. But the authors of the study attempted to clarify the reasons further. So are dogs really that good for our health? There is some inherent quality that a dog has that tears at your heart when it looks at you with puppy eyes and the wagging tail.

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