Having a dog can bring a lot of love into your life.
A study in Sweden found that owning a dog is linked to a lower risk of dying earlier.
Scientists managed to establish that on average dog owners live longer than those who have not had Pets for a few months longer. 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.
According to the study managed to establish that the dog in the family significantly reduces the risk of premature death by more than 33%, and also prevent the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system by more than 11%.
The team at Uppsala University analyzed national registries involving 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 without any prior cardiovascular diseases as of 2001. "If you have a dog you neutralise the effects of living alone".
The study can not explain how dogs have a health-boosting impact, but the company alone may reduce stress and motivate people to live healthier lifestyles.More news: Is The New Popemobile A Lamborghini?
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"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. For those in larger households, the risk of death was 11% lower among dog owners, the researchers write in Scientific Reports. The estimated 1.1 million lonely Britons are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with good social networks, making loneliness as harmful to the nation's health as diabetes.
"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.
Researchers also found the lowest rate of cardiovascular disease was among owners of hunting breeds, which isn't surprising when you think about the high-intensity workout they get when their dogs spot a squirrel.
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. They also probably apply to the United States, she says. The relationship may work both ways though, with livelier dogs effectively demanding that their owners do not slip into an overly-sedentary lifestyle.
"However, as many dog owners may agree, the main reason for owning a dog is the sheer joy".
"Alternatively it could be reverse causality - people who are fitter and more active are more likely to own a dog".