My mom has been trying to talk me into getting a dog in the past few months. Turns out there could be some benefits to owning and taking care of a dog. A new study suggests having a dog could actually help you live longer.
According to the study carried out by professors at Uppsala University, heart attack victims who lived alone were 33% less likely to die after getting out of the hospital if they had a dog. And the risk of death was 27% lower for stroke victims who were also dog owners. And a separate study also found that dog owners were 65% less likely to die following a heart attack.
As for why, researchers believe it could be because of the increase in physical activity due to taking dogs on walks, plus dog ownership is likely to decrease loneliness and depression.
Source: The Independent