You Should Have a Dog, Study Says

A woman walks with her dog in the Carrizo Plain National Monument near Taft Calif. in April

In addition, the study said it's "plausible that not all members of a multiple-person household interact with the dog as much as a single owner".

Based in Sweden, nearly 3.5 million people ages 40 to 80 were observed from 2001 to 2012 for the study. Researchers, who studied adults between the ages of 40 and 80 for 12 years found that single adults who lived alone with a dog were 33 percent less likely to die than those who lived alone without dogs.

They found dog owners had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes.

Those who choose breeds for hunting would likely already be considered outdoorsy types, and regular exercise has always been associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases. Overwhelmingly, it seems that those with a dog are far less impacted by cardiovascular disease than those who don't own a dog. Dog owners are often motivated by their animals to get up off the couch and head out into the world, even if it's just for a short stroll, and those healthy behaviors resulted in decreased risk of death.

Dog ownership correlates with lower rates of mortality and some fatal diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, a study published this week concluded. That same group benefited from an 11 percent drop in risk of cardiovascular disease as well, when compared to their non-dog-owning peers.

Single dog owners usually walk their dog more than those in households with multiple people. Which, according to the story, "impact your microbiome, the bacteria that live in your gut, and thus your health". "These kind of epidemiological studies look for associations in large populations but do not provide answers on whether and how dogs could protect from cardiovascular disease".

"There might also be differences between owners and non-owners already before buying a dog, which could have influenced our results".

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