Dr. McDonough looks at the American Heart Association review of more than 30 studies exploring the health benefits of pet ownership and its associated with lower blood pressure, better cholesterol, and a decreased incidence of obesity.
Health Benefits of Pet Ownership
Are you a dog lover? If you are somebody who fits that description, I have good news for you. The American Heart Association reviewed more than 30 studies exploring the health benefits of pet ownership. What they found is that pet ownership is associated with lower blood pressure, better cholesterol, and a decreased incidence of obesity. Dog owners were 54 percent more likely to obtain the recommended level of physical activity than non-owners. Now for the part of the report that will get cat owners mad at me. The association did not hold any studies that looked cats and other pets. But then again, who walks a cat on a leash? However, when you look at the big picture, pet ownership also seems to help the body's cardiovascular response to stress.
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