Pet owners have lower risk of heart disease
The next time you’re out for a walk with your dog in the pouring rain, remind yourself how much good it’s doing you. A new study published in the journal Circulation found that pet owners, and especially dog owners, have a lower risk of heart disease than people who do not have pets.
The conclusion is based on an analysis of several studies that examine the link between pet ownership and health. The findings do not determine causality, meaning, researchers are not sure if owning a pet actually reduces heart disease risk or if healthy people tend to get pets. What they do know is that dog owners, in particular, are 54 percent more likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity than people who do not own a dog.
The research also concluded that owning a pet may be linked to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and lower incidences of obesity.