As per a new study, your dear dog is your heart’s best friend. Researchers found that people who own a dog are at a lesser risk of heart disease as compared to those with no pets. They are found to eat healthily, are physically active and have controlled blood sugar levels. This study was conducted on 1,800 Czech adults aged 25 to 64 where people who owned dogs were found to have a healthy heart. In 2013, the American Heart Association (AHA) also stated that dog ownership is closely linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
As per senior researcher Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn, owning a dog makes people moving which improves their exercise habits. The benefits do extend to a better diet and balanced blood sugar levels. As dogs love to walk & play, they keep their owners on their toes. Dogs do offer emotional support and companionship during lonely times. "They can decrease your feelings of loneliness, and give you a sense of purpose. You have someone to look after," he said.
As per the result after the research, about 67% of dog owners were found to be doing the ideal physical exercise. This includes 75 minutes of vigorous exercising and 150 minutes of aerobic exercises every week. Whereas, the percent was extremely low in those who either owned any other pet animal or none.
Also, dog owners eat a nutritious diet which includes fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meat, fiber-rich grains, beans, etc. Apart from heart health, your four-legged canine can also provide several other health benefits like reducing stress, increasing happiness and providing companionship. Adopting a dog as a pet is one of the best things you can do to secure your overall wellbeing.
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The bottom line, keeping a pet dog would not only bring joy and happiness in your life but would also help you to stay healthy and active. However, you must get a pet only if you’re able to take its good care. As per AHA, "The primary purpose of adopting or rescuing a dog should be to give the dog a loving and caring home. The health benefits that may come from this are a bonus."
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