Owning dog linked to lower risk of dying earlier

33 pc reduction? Your dog is protecting you from this disease
It's Official: Dog Owners Live Longer, Healthier Lives
Author

18 November, 2017

Owning a dog could be linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in single-person households and lower all-cause mortality in the general population, a 12-year study of Swedish canine owners suggests.

The study also says that having a dog increases people's motivation to be more active and add more physical activity into their lives, especially in single-person households where the individuals are exclusively responsible for walking and exercising with their pets.

"It is also interesting that the dog has had an extremely beneficial impact on the lives of single people who are known to die more often than those who have a family, "said one of the chapters of the study group Mwenya of Mubanga". Little Fido also gives you some much-needed social interaction if you live alone.

"Dog ownership is especially prominent as a protective factor for people living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household".

The study authors were also surprised to find that people who owned dogs that were originally bred for hunting-like terriers, retrievers and scent hounds-were the most protected from heart disease and death.

More news: Dream Chaser completes successful glide test

Fall and co-authors drew from a nation-wide register of more than 3.4 million Swedish adults between 40 and 80 years old for their trial.

It's not clear exactly how the dogs helped avert heart disease, or whether getting one directly led to better health, cautioned Tove Fall, the senior author of the paper and associate professor in epidemiology at Uppsala University. While owning a mixed-breed dog was correlated with a higher risk of CVD, ownership of a purebred pooch was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality. Here's what else they found and details on how they conducted their study.

While the research was carried out in Sweden, Fall does believe it may also apply to other countries, including the USA, since popular breeds and people's attitudes toward dog care are similar.

Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have posited the theory that this is due to the fact that dogs have the ability to change their owner's bacterial microbiome by exposing them to bacteria they had not yet encountered. "Thanks to the population-based design, our results are generalizable to the Swedish population, and probably also to other European populations with similar culture regarding dog ownership", Fall concluded in the statement.

"Dog owners in particular tend to be a little more extroverted, or outgoing" Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS, told The Huffington Post.


More news


  • Salman Khan Is On Race 3 Tracks Already. See Pic

    Salman Khan Is On Race 3 Tracks Already. See Pic

    Khan, who recently wrapped up Tiger Zinda Hai , shared a picture from the last day of shooting from the spy thriller. This is for the second time when Salman will share the about his new movie " Race 3 " on social media.
    Google launches Files Go Beta for offline sharing and file management

    Google launches Files Go Beta for offline sharing and file management

    The beta app has now returned to Google Play where it's listed as " Files Go Beta: Free up space on your phone (Unreleased)". To use the app, both sender and receiver need to have the app opened and use the Send and Receive file option.
    Sen. Rand Paul assaulted in his home

    Sen. Rand Paul assaulted in his home

    WAVE 3 News was also able to confirm Boucher was a registered Democrat, but that registration in Rhode Island was canceled. Boucher, of Bowling Green, is charged with fourth-degree assault with a minor injury, a misdemeanor.
  • Owner Reached Out To Adam Silver To Replace Roger Goodell

    Owner Reached Out To Adam Silver To Replace Roger Goodell

    The owners voted 32-0 in May to authorize the Compensation Committee to negotiate to conclusion a new five-year extension with Goodell.
    Leonardo da Vinci painting shatters auction records

    Leonardo da Vinci painting shatters auction records

    It was recorded in the collection of King Charles I of England in 1649 but was auctioned to the Duke of Buckingham in 1763. This came after more than six years of painstaking research and inquiry to document the painting's authenticity.
    Chance Of Rain, Snow - Or Both - Monday, Weather Service Says

    Chance Of Rain, Snow - Or Both - Monday, Weather Service Says

    For Monday , we will have the typical morning clouds then partly cloudy skies as we move through the day. Lows through this period will be in the upper 40s to mid-50s with mostly clear conditions.
  • Five dead following shootings in rural California

    The gunfire began at about 8am in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento . The remaining kids who were at the school have been moved to a safe location, Johnston said.

    Apple's $120M patent award upheld by court

    We're guessing that every court decision made in the future, as evidenced by history, will be appealed, so don't expect Apple vs. However, with the Supreme Court too, ruling against Samsung, the Korean smartphones giant has literally run out of options.
    Dwyane Wade sees some of 2014 Miami Heat in current Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dwyane Wade sees some of 2014 Miami Heat in current Cleveland Cavaliers

    He's averaged 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds in 19 lifetime games against the Wizards while posting 11 double-doubles. But now the way the games have been going, you miss three or four shots, you're down nine points.
  • Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

    Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

    Sessions also suggested all of his answers before Congress were answered to the best of his recollection. Sessions grew angry in response , repeating that he had never lied under oath.
    Kevin Spacey assaulted my teen son

    Kevin Spacey assaulted my teen son

    As the allegations against Spacey continued to surface, Unruh has shown her support for Rapp and the other victims on Twitter. When Spacey went to the men's room, Unruh's son ran away. "She saw that my son was shaken", Unruh said of the woman.
    HBO star alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her

    HBO star alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her

    The first happened after the movie mogul gave her a lift home from a bar and the second when he turned up at her apartment. Just before Christmas that year, she alleges, he showed up in the lobby of her apartment building.