Heart health linked to owning a dog, science explains

APR 01, 2020 AT 12:29 PM

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Out of the patients studies, 24.3% had a dog, and additionally, it just so happens this group of people smoked less, were more physically active, and had ideal levels of blood glucose and “good” cholesterol compared with other participants. These and other physical parameters resulted in better cardiovascular health and a lower risk of heart disease.

 

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Therefore, scientists involved in this study can explain these health benefits based on the fact that dog owners are more physically active than people who have other pets or no pets at all. If you have a doggo, there’s a good chance you’re most likely walking him or her yourself, rain or shine, and being more physically active than those that don’t have a dog, without even realizing it.