Turns out Good Boys are actually doing you good too: Dog owners have lower risks of heart attacks and other fatal diseases. YASSS.
A study of 3.4 million Swedes (yep, you can’t argue with that) has proved it. By analysing national registries of people aged 40 to 80, and comparing them to dog ownership registries, a team from Uppsala University found that dog ownership cut the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lead author Dr Mwenya Mubanga says “The results showed that single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of heart attack”.
It’s no surprise that owning a dog ups your physical activity, but it also changes the owner’s bacterial microbiome, which is a collection of microscopic species that live in the gut. Having a pet pooch exposes people to different bacteria, increasing their immune system.
So adopt a canine friend and lead a longer, healthier life. What’s to lose?!