New Study Says Owning A Dog Can Extend Your Life By Twenty-Four Percent!

People love their dogs. That is a fact! Go walking downtown Minneapolis/St.Paul right now and you will see all sorts of people walking, running or simply playing fetch with their furry animal. Dog's simply make life better! Well, even better news for dog owners. Dogs make you healthier! A new study stated, which was released by the American Heart Association. "Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause," According to Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research.

The review of the health benefits of man's best friend analyzed research involving nearly 4 million people in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. "Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in all cause mortality," said Kramer.

A lot of this is due to having someone to be active with! That means taking walks, playing fetch and more. The other factor is the company aspect. Having a dog reduces the sense of being lonely. "We know that loneliness and social isolation are strong risk factors for premature death and our hypothesis was that the company of a pet can alleviate that," said study author Tove Fall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden.

It seems to be, there's a lot of benefits of owning a dog! You can check out more of the data and story here:

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