Saturday, 18 November 2017
Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you are single
Older people who live alone are 33% less likely to die over the next 12 years if they have a dog, according to a Swedish study of more than 3.4 million elderly people.
The biggest impact is in heart disease, the world's greatest killer, with owning Britain's favourite pet reducing early deaths rates by a staggering 36%, the research adds.
Researchers believe canine pets also help to lower loneliness, which has been described as 'akin to a chronic long-term condition' and linked to disorders including heart disease and dementia.
As well as offering companionship and boosting non-human interactions, dogs also encourage their owners to exercise via walks as well as strenghten humans' gut bacteria, which has previously been linked to a stronger immune system and maintaining a healthy weight.
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