Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Getting a Dog May Save Your Life

Michelle Cortez – Bloomberg:

A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country, where databases contain detailed information on everyone’s hospitalizations, medical history and even whether they own a dog.


People in possession of a pooch were less likely to have cardiovascular disease or die from any cause during the 12 years covered by the research, according to the study published in Scientific Reports.


“We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results,” Fall said. “Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.”

Either way, maybe an extra treat for that doting Lab waiting for you at home is in order.

You don’t suppose my Lab had anything to do with the last line of this story, do you?

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