Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Scientists Say Having A Dog Makes You Live Longer

Scientists Say Having A Dog Makes You Live Longer

As for which dog is best, well everyone has their personal favorites.

Fall said while the link between dog ownership and lower heart heart disease was clear, how dogs helped our hearts was less so.

In Sweden, they take their data very seriously, which made this study - published in Scientific Reports - easy breezy for researchers, who were able to look at data from 3,432,153 individuals.

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In Sweden, pet owners are required to register their docs since 2001. Compared with people living in multiperson households without a dog, the risk of death in individuals in multiperson homes with a dog was 11% lower and their risk of cardiovascular death decreased by 15%. What's more, having a dog required staying physically active and going outdoors more than people who don't own a dog.

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

A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analysed the health records of 3.4 million people in the country, where databases contain detailed information on nearly everyone's hospitalisations, medical history and even whether they own a dog.

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The scientists added that owners of dogs who were originally bred for hunting, like terriers and retrievers, were found to have the lowest rates of heart disease among the group of 40 to 80-year-olds examined. (Jesus Christ) Fenton was a hunting breed.

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

The researchers can't provide proof dog ownership actually causes a decrease in risk for cardiovascular disease. Study authors believe that this is mainly due to factors that can boost cardiovascular risks such as depression and social isolation. At the beginning of the study, none of them had been diagnosed with heart disease. Senior author Professor Tove Fall said this study was 100 times larger than other research to establish dog ownership with walking more.

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