Every man has been striving for learning the secrets of living longer. Presently, man looks forward to companionship of his best friend known to world. A study in Sweden looks forward to establishing a link between owning a dog and reducing the risk of premature death. Around 3.4 million Swedes, aging around 40 to 80, owning a dog, were found to develop lower risk of cardiovascular disease or other conditions associated with early death.
Major reasons for conducting study in Sweden
Two major reasons have been attributed for carrying out study in Sweden on large scale. Foremost, anyone who looks forward to owning a dog should officially register it. Secondly, all kinds of treatments and hospital visits should be recorded carefully. As a result, comparing national databases for dog ownership to hospital visits, from the period 2001 to 2012 was made possible with ease.
Reduction in deaths due to cardiovascular disease
Researchers found significant reduction in number of early deaths in people owning a dog, specifically caused due to cardiovascular disease. In addition, people who live alone and own a dog have been found to live longer. They have reduced the chances of early death from CVD significantly. People owning specific hunting breeds of dogs such as scent hounds, retrievers and terriers have lower risk of early death.
Physical activity with dogs results in health benefits for man
According to Acorn Stairlifts, it may be difficult to duplicate the same study in UK, as it is not compulsory to register dog ownership in UK. However, the conclusion can be replicated with ease. Dog owners are believed to be highly active, as they walk their dogs daily. Several other benefits have been associated with dog owners being more active due to walking and other form of exercises. Moreover, companionship with dog could reduce psychological stress for people living alone. It would reduce feeling of loneliness, depression and social isolation.