Dog-owners live longer, new study says

"Another interesting finding was that owners to dogs from breed groups originally bred for hunting were most protected", explains Mwenya Mubanga, lead junior author of the study and Ph.D. student at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University (as cited in an article by the university posted on the Laboratory Equipment website).

Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found.

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

People living alone fared the best, as owning a dog decreased their risk of death by 33 percent and their likelihood of a cardiovascular-related death by 36 percent, when compared to single individuals who do not have a pet. While people who live alone are not necessarily lonely, many in the Swedish study seemed to benefit disproportionately from having a dog around. "It may also be that those who choose to get a dog from the beginning have lower risk of cardiovascular disease, for example, through an active lifestyle".

"Stress relief through companionship has an inherent benefit to people's overall health, so it is not surprising that dog owners display a lower risk of heart disease", said Dr. Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

To study the link between dogs and longevity, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden reviewed national registry records of Swedish men and women, ages 40 to 80. But did you know your dog could be saving your life?

The characteristics of people who decide to get a dog could also be influencing the findings.

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And how do dogs go about keeping one heart-healthy?

The landmark study of more than 3.4 million older people found Britain's favourite pet reduces the likelihood of heart disease and combats loneliness. Prior research has shown that living alone raises the risk for heart disease.

Another possible explanation, he adds, could be a dog's effect on its owner's microbiome.

Professor Fall acknowledged this, noting that those with the motivation to look after and register a dog might similarly be more motivated to look after themselves and visit the doctor.

Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein directs geriatric care at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. She agreed that Fido or Rover can force their humans to get more active.

Scientists can't say that getting a dog will definitely help a person live longer, but Fall believes it's not a bad idea.

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