We think that by now, everyone knows that animals have a positive impact on the health of their owners. And dogs are especially useful because, according to scientists, on average, they make a person’s life 2 years longer. And there is no evidence to support the claim that there are other domesticated pets that have a better influence on our health. This is what cardiologist and professor Thomas Lee thinks.
Magicorama will tell you about 10 scientific facts proving that dogs have a positive influence on the health of their owners. And in order to make our reader’s lives at least several minutes longer, we decided to add some funny dog GIFs to the article.
Scientists from New York University at Buffalo conducted a study and found that taking care of dogs lowers blood pressure and stress levels. It is important to mention that the participants didn’t take their blood pressure medicine during the study. And it turns out that their blood pressure returned to normal just by having them pet a dog.
Dogs make their owners happy because they stimulate the production of the hormones of happiness — endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. These hormones are natural antidepressants. In 2002, British scientists conducted a study among people who had animals and found out that most of them (75%) felt happy. Also, the participants claimed that communicating with pets made them feel less lonely.
A study shows that dog owners who had a heart attack survive the next year 4 times more often than people who don’t have dogs. In a different study, scientists from Brooklyn College found that dog owners have better heart rate variability findings (the measure of heart attack risk) compared to non-owners.
Studies show that dog owners have a lower cholesterol level. There is no explanation for this phenomenon at the moment, but maybe it’s because dog owners are simply more physically active.
Only 20% of the population of the planet spend 30 minutes on physical exercise every day. So, a sedentary lifestyle makes people more obese and more susceptible to heart conditions and diabetes. There was a study that proved the obvious: dog owners have more physical activity because they have to walk them and play with them.
According to scientists from Washington State University, dogs help people relax and switch the focus of their attention to them, which helps to relieve pain and make it less acute.