A pet can pull you out of isolation and increase your daily physical activity.
Dogs are a man’s/woman’s best friend, and now there’s even more proof as to why.
Work done by the American Heart Association has found that owning a dog can be associated with a greatly reduced chance of suffering an early death.
Here’s the scoop. If you live alone and have suffered from a heart attack, get a dog. It can reduce your risk of early death by as much as 33%. Have you had a stroke? If you live alone, you could reduce your risk of early death by 27% by adding in Spot.
Experts feel it’s the right move. “…these two studies provide good, quality data indicating dog ownership is associated with reduced cardiac and all-cause mortality,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D. “While these non-randomized studies cannot ‘prove’ that adopting or owning a dog directly leads to reduced mortality, these robust findings are certainly at least suggestive of this,” he explained.
For those patients who live with a partner or child, adding a dog to the mix was found to reduce the risk of early death in heart attack patients by 15%. The finding was 12% in stroke patients.
Social isolation is a strong component when looking at poor health and premature death, researchers say. Having a dog can decrease your sense of loneliness. It can also alleviate feelings of depression, and increase your physical activity, which is a win-win situation.
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