Skip to comments.Best Friends With Benefits: Dog Owners Live Longer, Study Finds
Posted on 11/23/2017 9:04:15 AM PST by blam
UPPSALA, Sweden Thinking of getting a pet, but not sure its worth it? Some new research may change your mind. A new study finds that dog owners enjoy longer lives than others.
Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden looked at a broad set of data on more than 3.4 million healthy adult Swedes between ages 40 and 80 to determine whether dog ownership could help prevent cardiovascular disease. Man carrying dog A new study finds that dog owners may live longer thanks to lower rates of heart disease and other deadly ailments. (Photo by Jordan Koons on Unsplash)
Interestingly, owning a dog was determined to be a preventive factor for those who lived by themselves, among whom cardiovascular disease and premature death are typically seen at higher rates.
The results showed that single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of myocardial infarction during follow-up compared to single non-owners, says Mwenya Mubanga, one of the studys lead authors, in a university news release. Another interesting finding was that owners to dogs from breed groups originally bred for hunting were most protected.
The researchers remain uncertain as to the mechanisms guiding improved health in dog owners, but suggested some possibilities.
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Click on my name to see my doggies. We go for a lengthy walk in the woods every morning.
I turned 74 yesterday and have only minor health issues.
I have a Chocolate Lab. There is nothing sweeter than a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever.
Paul Rugg pets his dog to relax. https://youtu.be/DLu2CFDBJk0
I just love your picture of your doggies.... they seem so happy to be going “bye bye” in the car!!
What an awesome pack!
We lost our Shep/Lab mix in January and we were heartbroken sick. We steeled our resolve and adopted a beautiful Sibe Husky in March and I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love again. She and I walk at least seven to eight miles a day, longer on the weekends.
Any statistics on the ladies with several pet cats?
My first thought this morning was I was thankful for my dogs and cats. They make me smile.
Our black lab, who was abandoned and we adopted him into our pack of 7 dogs is pushy, constantly challenging even us for dominance. He will just tear into one of the other dogs even when they’re giving submissive signals. He’s the strongest willed and most volatile dog we’ve ever had and that includes pit bulls and cattle dogs. He had his equipment still intact and we are fairly certain that he was owned by a young female who dumped him (unbelievably he had a collar tag still). He’s used to having his was and chafes at any control.
We deal with it and keep a tight reign on him and make it work. My point for all of this is that there are actually a lot of large male labs who are like this.
I think the majority of cat owners are wishy washy, liberals, homos and they do weird things like covering their furniture in plastic because their cats spray urine all over the living room.☺
I knew these liberals who’s cat had radiation treatment due to a bladder problem and they told them they had to store the radio active poop in approved storage containers in the garage until full, then kitty litter had to be taken to hazardous waste dump.
They get that brain parasite from playing in too many poop boxes.
Dogs, like children, usually reflect those who raise them.
Hang in there.
Just me and my 13 year old (slightly spoiled) Jack Russell.
Well, what about married dog-owners?
Also: A 33% reduction in the risk of death!? I thought that everyone had to die... eventually.
Seriously: Can't anyone write an intelligible article, with proper punctuation, anymore?
Yeah, he was apparently spoiled rotten and in control. We’ve had him for over a year now and he’s a part of the family. He’s a pleasure when by himself. It’s funny because he cycles through long (3-4 month) periods of getting along and then suddenly gets pissy with everyone. Moody dude. He is really friendly to visitors and such, but hell on the dog pack when his mood swing hits. We lopped the huevos off right after we got him when he was about 1 1/2, which is over a year ago, so that should not be it. Just behavioral and he wants it like it used to be.
Awww...Adorable fur babies. I have three dogs (and one cat) and they bring joy and love to my life.
I love the picture of your dogs. Last Friday at LAX I passed by a pet restroom there, as well.
OMG!! A private dig pack. I have only two.
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