A new study was released that confirms what we already knew to be true: dogs are awesome.
While that isn’t specific, it is a fact. Dog’s are simply the best pet one could have, but now there’s even more reason to take home a furry friend: they are good for your heart!
Sure, they might make you more loving, but apparently they are also good for your heart’s health.
This comes from medicalxpress.com:
In the 2019 evaluation, the study looked at 1,769 subjects with no history of heart disease and scored them based on Life’s Simple 7 ideal health behaviors and factors, as outlined by the American Heart Association: body mass index, diet, physical activity, smoking status, blood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol.
The study compared the cardiovascular health scores of pet owners overall to those who did not own pets. Then it compared dog owners to other pet owners and those who did not own pets.
“In general, people who owned any pet were more likely to report more physical activity, better diet and blood sugar at ideal level,” says Andrea Maugeri, Ph.D., a researcher with the International Clinical Research Center at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno and the University of Catania in Catania, Italy. “The greatest benefits from having a pet were for those who owned a dog, independent of their age, sex and education level.”
The study demonstrates an association between dog ownership and heart health, which is in line with the American Heart Association’s scientific statement on the benefits of owning a dog in terms of physical activity, engagement and reduction of cardiovascular disease risk.
Dr. Maugeri goes on to suggest that moving forward, people might be encouraged to adopt a pet to increase one’s cardiovascular strength.
While owning a pet is awesome, a lot of the health benefits come from the movement associated with having a dog. Think about it, when you have a dog you have to walk it, and play with it, and do things that require movement.
Fun fact: Dog is God backwards.