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Your Dog Can Cut Your Risk Of Dying By 24%, Study Finds

There are many reasons to have a dog in your house. They can help boost mood, push you to stay active, be something to cuddle with when you are stressed and surprisingly, they can prevent your premature death. 

A new study, published in the journal Circulation, shows that taking care of a dog could help lower your risk of dying early by 24 percent. The findings come from the analysis of the health of nearly four million people in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and in the U.S.

"Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause," Caroline Kramer, lead study author and an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, said in a press release

Kramer and her team analyzed data from 10 earlier studies that involved more than 3.8 million people from different countries. The studies focused on all-cause mortality and cardiovascular outcomes for dog owners and non-owners.

The people who owned dogs in the studies had significantly lower risk of all-cause mortality and were less likely to die from cardiovascular-related problems. 

“Our findings suggest that having a dog is associated with longer life,” Kramer said. However, she noted their study did not look into better fitness or an overall healthier lifestyle linked to dog ownership.

The researchers aim to see another study that would analyze the cardiovascular outcomes after adopting a dog and the social and psychological benefits of having pets. 

Avoiding Cardiovascular Disease With Dogs

Another recent research, also published in Circulation, shows that the benefits of having a dog were even greater in people who experienced a heart attack or stroke. Adopting dogs after an incident could help reduce the risk of dying from another cardiovascular disease by 31 percent. 

Researchers examined the health of more than 336,000 dog owners and non-owners in Sweden. All participants suffered from heart attack or ischemic stroke between 2001 and 2012. 

The people who lived with dogs after hospitalization had 15 percent lower risk of death from heart attack and 12 percent lower risk of dying from stroke. Researchers said the reduced risk can be associated with dog owners’ increased physical activity and decreased depression and loneliness.

Puppy Dogs can help boost mood, push you to stay active and prevent premature death due to heart attack or stroke. Pixabay

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