Scientists from the University of Liverpool have found that dog owners move four times more than those who do not have pets.
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The study involved 385 British families, of which 191 were dogs. All subjects indicated in the questionnaire how often they engage in physical activity.
It turned out that dog owners are more likely to lead an active lifestyle. The average duration of walks per week was 4 hours 8 minutes (the recommended rate is at least 2.5 hours per week).
A dog in the house reduces the risk of death from all causes by 24%. For people who have already experienced a heart attack or stroke, this figure is even higher – 31%.
Four-legged friend reduces the risk of premature death
Another study, conducted with the participation of 336 thousand people, showed that the maximum benefit dogs bring people who live alone. The risk among people who have survived a heart attack (by 33%) and stroke (27%) is reduced.
The fact is that loneliness and social isolation are powerful risk factors for premature death. A four-legged friend softens them. In addition, people have to walk regularly, and physical activity is important for rehabilitation after such conditions.
Previously, scientists found that with the help of olfaction dogs can feel an attack of epilepsy in humans.
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