Hugging a dog can give you great joy. Studies have also shown that owning a dog is good for your health. When dogs and humans interact, their bodies release more oxytocin. This is known as the bonding hormone.
There was a 12-year study done that showed that dog owners are 21 percent less likely to die from heart disease. Dr. Dhruv Kazi is a cardiologist who works at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. He stated that there have been several studies done that have shown owning a dog can improve your health. He also said that the recent study confirms this. He is convinced that people can improve their health by getting a dog.
Dr. Kazi wants to do more research in the future in order to examine the link between owning a dog and overall health. He wants to a study that involves 2,000 people. One thousand people will have a dog, and 1,000 will have a teddy bear. The researchers will then analyze the health of both groups.
There are several reasons that owning a dog can improve one’s health, reports NPR. People who have a dog are more likely to get out and walk instead of sitting inside and watching television. They are also more likely to spend time outdoors. Many studies have shown that spending time outdoors can improve health.
Owning a dog can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Those are factors that affect heart health. Anyone can benefit from having a dog. However, the people who seem to reap the greatest benefits from owning a dog are people who live alone.
Furthermore, there are mental health benefits that can be reaped from owning a dog. People who own a dog tend to have less anxiety and depression. That is why dogs are often used for therapy in hospitals.