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Dog owners lowers early death risk, study finds

We could have told them that for free

On a more serious note, I'm glad they are catching up in terms of the role dogs play on our Microbiome. We pick up transient bacteria, protozoa etc from our dogs which boosts our immune system (transient meaning they are not able to colonise our species). However, this is also a reason why you need to look after the health of your dogs - if they are unhealthy (i.e fed sugar-laden highly processed 'crap' food) then their own immune systems will be weak, meaning they will harbour 'bad bugs' that can be passed on to you.

So it pays to love your dog and take proper care of them

Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found.

The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers.

They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, particularly of hunting breeds.

While owning a dog may help physical activity, researchers said it may be active people who choose to own dogs.

They also said owning a dog may protect people from cardiovascular disease by increasing their social contact or wellbeing, or by changing the owner's bacterial microbiome.

The microbiome is the collection of microscopic species that live in the gut. It's thought a dog may influence its owner's microbiomes as dogs change the dirt in home environments, exposing people to bacteria they may not have encountered otherwise.
Story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42009932

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Chris
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19-11-2017, 05:58 PM
Whilst I agree that it pays to look after and take proper care of our dogs, I think this is the wrong place to debate the rights and wrongs of processed foods.

Back to the research, I also think that the routine that dogs bring into the lives of their owners also plays a part in well-being
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