This might seem like a silly question, but do you love dogs? A new study says that answering yes to that question could be good for your heart. We all know that dogs bring so much to our lives, but this study reveals they may do so much more for our health and wellness. The study was conducted by the Mayo Clinic recently and the study was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality, and Outcomes journal. The main aim of the study was to determine if there was a connection between owning a pet and the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. The study included 1,769 adults living in Brno in the Czech Republic. The adults were between 25 and 64 years of age.
Researchers gathered information about the participants, including their BMI (body mass index), physical activity level, diet, smoking, and a variety of other health related factors. They also recorded whether the participants owned a pet. There were 42% of participants who owned a pet and 24% of those owned a dog and 18% owned other animals. Overall, those who owned any type of pet had better health versus their animal-free cohorts. Those who owned dogs had even better health. Scientists say those who owned dogs were more likely to exercise regularly, had much healthier diets and even had better blood sugar levels.
Those who had dogs were just overall more healthy from a cardiovascular standpoint. This is not the first time a study has found that dogs help humans to be more healthy. There was a Swedish study in 2017 that found dog owners who live alone are 36% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease versus those who live alone without a dog. For those of us who own and love dogs, it is no secret that they make our lives better in so many ways, but it’s great to have science to finally back that up!