Your Dog Is Helping You Stay Healthy

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Having a pet already makes you look forward to so much more. Here’s another reason to be thankful for your furry friend. Having a dog companion could not only reduce your cardiovascular risk but also lead to a longer life.

Previous studies have already linked dog ownership with a lower cardiovascular risk. The recent findings have been reported by two separate studies. One of them, a Canada-based study, associates having a dog with a lower risk of death over the long term. It expresses that this could be driven by the reduction in cardiovascular mortality.

Another study was conducted by a team of researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden. It focused on understanding the relationship between dog ownership and survival after a major cardiovascular event. It concludes that being with a dog could lead to better outcomes after a cardiovascular event.

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“We know that social isolation and loneliness are a strong risk factor for relatively poor health and early death. Previous studies have shown that dog owners experience relatively little social isolation and interact more with other people. Having a dog is also a good motive for physical activity, which is an important factor in rehabilitation and well-being,” says Tove Fall, veterinarian, and professor of molecular epidemiology at Uppsala University’s Department of Medical Sciences.

Both studies have been published in the October 2019 issue of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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