Your Dog is Helping You Live Longer

21 November, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • BODY & SOULNovember 20 2017 5:00pm The Times Dr Mark Porter Is owning a dog really that good for your health?newDr Mark Porter

Man's best friend could also be man's best health secret.

People who owned dogs from hunting breeds like retrievers and beagles had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease - probably because they spend half their lives chasing after their beloved hounds.

According to the recent study, canine pets are especially beneficial as a preventative measure for people living alone.

A new study has now shown that there could be a link between dog ownership and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease.

In particular, it was found that people who owned hunting style dogs had an even lower risk of heart disease.

'Baby Fed' no more: Dimitrov wins ATP Finals
But Goffin broke serve with a forehand victor in the second game of the second set and consolidated his advantage to take the match into a decider.

Sunday will be Wind-day: Weather advisory from noon to midnight
Saturday will be a mild, windy, and wet afternoon, with a high temperature of 64 degrees. Strongest winds will occur between midnight and 8am tonight into Sunday morning.

Baltimore homicide detective dies after being shot while on-duty
Detective Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran, was 43 and married with five children who ranged in age from 14 to 24. Baltimore Police will be wearing black bands across their badges to honor Detective Suiter.

"I do agree that owning pets could help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease", agrees Dr Valerie Kwai Ben, a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. People who love cats might love to disagree but the fact is that a dog's love is selfless compared to anyone else's.

"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households".

In an interview with, Dr. Fall, who is associate senior lecturer of epidemiology in the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden, noted that "loneliness and sedentary lifestyle are two major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality, but are notoriously hard to prevent in the general population". Single dog owners were 33% less likely to die during the follow-up period of the study, and 11% less likely to suffer a heart attack, than single non-owners. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study. "We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation [for] the observed results". Dog owners also tend to spend more time outdoors and get more physical activity.

'Dog ownership has been reported to be associated with alleviation of social isolation and improved perception of wellbeing, particularly in single persons and the elderly'.

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but its lead researcher said there are many reasons having a pooch might do a body good. And if you do have a dog, well done, now get another.



Argentina says calls did not come from missing submarine
More than a dozen boats and aircraft from Argentina, the United States, Britain, Chile and Brazil have joined the search effort. It is reported that the communication with the submarine is lost, so the decision was made to start search operation.

Robert Mugabe not likely to go anytime soon
Officials said the leader, who held power for almost four decades, was expected to resign, but Mugabe never formally stepped down. A businessman based in Harare said: "I was expecting his resignation, I am disappointed it didn't come so easy".

Uber to buy 24000 Volvo SUVs for its driverless fleet
It announced that it will buy up to 24,000 Volvo XC90s, marking the first major vehicle fleet purchase by a ride-hailing service. Uber has agreed to a deal with Volvo to but thousands of cars in order to prepare a fleet of driverless cars.

48 adoptions finalized in Ramsey County
Demaun was one of more than 40 children who had their adoptions finalized. Together the 48 children were adopted into 38 families.

President Trump fires back at father of UCLA basketball player
As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses", he said. CNN's Brian Stelter went off on President Trump this afternoon for his tweet hitting back at LaVar Ball .

SC women's basketball team declines White House invitation
This is the University of Washington's women's rowing team, not the women's rugby team. UW won an additional seven national titles in the pre-NCAA era.

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant trophies
In a statement, it says that legal and well-regulated sport hunting will put revenue back into conservation. And critics noted that Trump's adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are known big game hunters.

Manushi Chhillar from Haryana, India won the title after 17 years
She has studied at St Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. Her entire family, including her brother and sister, were present at the pageant. "Super proud! Jai Hind".

Six terrorists including Lakhvi's nephew killed in J&K's Bandipora encounter
An army jawan and a militant were killed in an encounter in Kulgam district on 14 November. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir.

Kellyanne Conway: Trump Reacted to Franken But Not 'Old' Roy Moore Story
At this point, Bill Maher is ready for his break between seasons, and said as much on last night's Season 15 finale of Real Time . Al Franken , the Minnesota Democrat who was accused earlier in the day of groping and sexual hectoring during a 2006 USO tour.