Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

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)

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.

Lead junior author Mwenya Mubanga said: "The results showed single dog owners had a 11 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during follow-up compared to single non-owners", said Mubanga.

Well you can add this to the growing list of reasons to get a dog, new research suggests man's best friend is helping owners live longer. A study in Sweden found that owning a dog is linked to a lower risk of dying earlier.

"The responsibilities associated with dog ownership impose mandatory daily exercise - a schedule which can not be impacted by adverse weather conditions, personal commitments or mood swings", Wolf-Klein said. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study.

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

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

The research, published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports, claims to be "by far the largest investigation" into the links between dog ownership and health.

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

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For people living alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33% and their risk of cardiovascular related death by 36%, when compared to single individuals without a pet, according to the study.

"Other explanations include an increased wellbeing and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner". "This may be more prominent in dog owners who benefit from the companionship, unconditional love and support".

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

So basically, dogs are great because they keep you happy and keep you active, which keep your ticker ticking along nicely.

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