Does taking care of a pet have an effect on your own health?
– Dogs need plenty of exercises, prompting their owners to exercise also.
– Exercise lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, and allergies.
– People living alone with a dog have a greater chance of living a longer life than those who don’t.
In Uppsala University of Sweden, researchers reviewed 3.4 million Swedish people, from 40-80 years old in 2001 who had no prior cardiovascular disease and observed their health records for around 12 years.
They discovered that dog owners had a lower chance of death by cardiovascular disease and decreased allergies and asthma in children. People living alone with a dog had an 11% lower risk of heart disease and 33% lower risk of death than those living alone without a dog.
It could also be possible that those who chose to have dogs may just be more active and live a healthy lifestyle to start with. Taking care of dogs especially retrievers, scent hounds, and terriers encourage owners to stay active.
Read the full article here – http://www.time.com.