Owning A Dog Is Good For You, Especially If You Live Alone

A woman walks with her dog in the Carrizo Plain National Monument near Taft Calif. in April

They found dog owners had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes. The Swedish study, which tracked more than 3.4 million people, as Time reported, found that folks who have dogs reduce their risk of death by 11% and cut their chances of cardiovascular death by 15%.

We're semi-serious. Some Swedish outfit published a study on the health of dog owners, and it turns out that owning a pooch can decrease risk of death by 33 percent.

In addition, the study said it's "plausible that not all members of a multiple-person household interact with the dog as much as a single owner".

People living alone have the highest risk of developing a heart disease or having a stroke.

This may spell good news for the increasing number of dog owners in Singapore.

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In an interview with MedicalResearch.com, Dr. Fall, who is associate senior lecturer of epidemiology in the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden, noted that "loneliness and sedentary lifestyle are two major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality, but are notoriously hard to prevent in the general population".

Well, they for sure pick up more shit than those who don't. At the beginning of the study, none of them had been diagnosed with heart disease.

They were a third less likely to die during the study period than single people without dogs.

According to doctors, dogs are able to increase life expectancy. Researchers believe that their findings from the research would probably be applicable to many European countries having same attitude to own a dog. But the authors of the study attempted to clarify the reasons further. And there are also factors that could influence the results, such as people who are already more active being more likely to get a dog (especially a hunting dog, which requires lots of exercise).

"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results", Tove said. And if you do have a dog, well done, now get another.

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