Dog people have just won a solid point in the “dog vs cat” debate.
A new study recently published in Scientific Reports suggests that owning a dog will add years to your life.
A team of Swedish scientists at Uppsala University tracked the health and dog ownership status of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 years old for 12 years. No one involved had a history of cardiovascular disease.
Everyone in Sweden has a unique personal ID number, all hospital visits are recorded, and dog ownership registration is mandatory, which makes it the perfect case study for this type of research.
Their study found that dog owners were less at risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes.
“A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk …