Want to Lower Blood Pressure? Get a Pet

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • I know, a tip not related to eating right or getting more exercise! I think the health benefits of owning a pet are interesting and wanted to share this with you.


    Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol for Pet Owners


    According to several studies have found pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those who do not own a pet. Here are a few possible reasons owning a pet improves cholesterol and blood pressure:


    1. Stress relief - Many people find petting and interacting with a pet to be soothing.


    2. Increased reason for activity - If you own a pet that needs a walk, you have an increased reason to get exercise yourself.

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    3. Support - For many pet owners there pet is someone that is always there for them no matter what.


    Additional Health Benefits for Pet Owners


    Here are a few other health conditions that have shown benefits linked to owning a pet.


    Decreased Allergies


    New studies shown children growing up with pets in their home are at a lower risk for developing allergies, asthma, or eczema. Definitely contrary to popular belief.


    Lower Depression Risk


    Enjoying "play time" with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters providing calming properties.


    Soothing to Alzeheimer's Patients

     

    Studies have found Alzeheimer's patients to experience fewer anxious outbursts if their home has a pet.


    Healthier Lifestyles

     

    Owning a pet promotes an overall healthier lifestyle. You get out and exercise with your pet, whether it's a walk, run, or playtime. You have a nonjudgmental party to share your struggles with. You get out and socialize more, whether you head to a local dog park or simply have pet ownership as an easy conversation topic. Plus, pets promote family time as everyone pitches in to care for a furred loved one.


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Published On: January 07, 2011