A new study finds that sharing a roof with this animal improves blood pressure levels, cholesterol and is associated with a lower incidence of obesity, which protects the owner’s cardiovascular health. What are you waiting for to adopt one?
These faithful pets not only keep our homes but also our hearts. The Mayo Clinic Proceedings magazine has conducted a study confirming that dogs help our cardiovascular system.
People who have pets, especially dogs, practice more physical exercise. Andrea Maugeri, one of the research authors says that those with pets also had a better diet and better blood sugar levels. The study has been carried out at the International Center for Clinical Research (ICRC), located on the premises of the St. Anne’s Faculty Hospital, in the city of Brno (Czech Republic).
To confirm their hypothesis, a group of 1,769 people without a history of heart disease have been shown. His plan is to keep track of his medical records every five years until 2030 and thus verify the impact that dogs have on our health.
The group has been classified according to their behaviours, lifestyle and the seven risk factors described by the American Heart Association (AHA): body mass index, diet, physical activity, smoking, blood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol.
The study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings magazine demonstrates an association between heart health and the company of dogs, but will not be scientifically confirmed until the end of the study in 2030. There have been several investigations that have shown that living with a dog, is related to the improvement of blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, the direct cause-effect relationship was not clear.
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The study does not make it clear whether this positive consequence is because pets tend to become more physically active due to having to go for a walk with them or if healthier people are more likely to be pet owners. Although it is a fact that there is a relationship between cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and people who own dogs. We will still have to wait for the study to finish to know exactly how these faithful companions benefit us.