As we humans age, health problems and other issues can begin to arise and therefore bring other complications into our lives. More and more, the medical community is realizing that there are a variety of ways to cure the issues that ail us as human beings. Specifically, there are some pretty incredible benefits that are believed to be associated with dogs and even from being a dog owner.
As anyone who loves or owns a dog can tell you, having that furry friend around you can bring so much joy into your life. However, there could also possibly be some major positive health benefits to owning a dog as well. A new study suggests that older or elderly individuals could be positively impacted by having a dog in their lives and in their homes as well. Some experts even suggest that doctors could begin “prescribing” a dog to their older patients due to these potentially healthy impacts.
The primary benefit to dog ownership really does make sense when you consider the idea. Most dog owners tend to lead more active lives when they have a dog in their lives. This is because they are more likely to take their dog on a daily walk which can then lead to better overall health from the exercise. Dogs love (and often really need) to go on daily walks and that means that as a dog owner it’s your job to accompany them on that walk. They get their exercise, but as their owner you are getting exercise too!
At Glasgow Caledonian University scientists discovered that older individuals with dogs, on average, spend twenty two more minutes walking each day versus those who do not own a dog. The dog owners also tend to hit the milestone of 10,000 steps per day which can provide possible health benefits. Likewise, this type of exercise can help to reduce risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes and could also reduce the risk of heart disease or even dementia