If you ask my not very humble opinion, dogs have always and will always be better than cats.
A new study has reaffirmed what dog lovers have long suspected.
In Sweden, pet owners are required to register their docs since 2001.
Researchers looked at 3.4 million Swedes aged 40-80 who went to hospital and who didn't have any previous heart disease.
Man's best friend could also be man's best health secret.
According to Tove Fall, PhD, senior author of a study that aimed to clarify conflicting reports about the health benefits of dog ownership, keeping a canine companion could save your life - especially if you live alone.
"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households", Mubanga said in the news release.
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They were a third less likely to die during the study period than single people without dogs.
They found dog owners had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes. (Jesus Christ) Fenton was a hunting breed. Prior research has shown that living alone raises the risk for heart disease. Dog owners are often motivated by their animals to get up off the couch and head out into the world, even if it's just for a short stroll, and those healthy behaviors resulted in decreased risk of death.
In an interview with MedicalResearch.com, Dr. Fall, who is associate senior lecturer of epidemiology in the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden, noted that "loneliness and sedentary lifestyle are two major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality, but are notoriously hard to prevent in the general population". All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study.
While researchers say there's still more to investigate, benefits are thought to also come in part from increased immunity thanks to dogs bringing dirt into the home from outdoors.
"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation..." During the 12-year follow-up, they found that dogs may be helpful in reducing cardiovascular risk by providing a nonhuman form of social support and increasing physical activity.
Single dog owners usually walk their dog more than those in households with multiple people. But the authors of the study attempted to clarify the reasons further.
So basically, dogs are great because they keep you happy and keep you active, which keep your ticker ticking along nicely.