Owning a DOG Could Help You Live Longer

Meanwhile, for stroke victims who were dog owners, the risk of death was 27 percent lower. Findings from a separate meta-analysis published in the same journal supported the study’s results. The analysis looked at a data set involving 3.8 million people drawn from 10 different studies and found that dog owners were 65 percent less likely to die following a heart attack. Authors concluded that the lower risk of death associated with dog ownership could be due to the increase in physical activity due to regular dog walks and the decrease in loneliness and depression that has been linked to dog ownership by previous studies.

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