Here’s to keeping your health on a tight leash: New research suggests that sense. “Stress relief through companionship has an inherent benefit to having a dog might boost a single person’s life span. 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 The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein directs geriatric care for 12 years. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study. at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. She agreed that Fido or Rover can The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent force their humans to get more active.
less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn’t have a dog. The study couldn’t prove causeand-effect, but its lead researcher said there are many reasons why having a pooch might do a body good. “We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results,” said Tove Fall, an associate professor in epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden. “Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner,” she said in a university news release. A person’s “bacterial microbiome” consists of the trillions of “good” microbes living within the body that help keep it healthy.
Experts in the United States agreed that the findings made
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