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    Pets help reduce risk of heart disease

    NewsPets in generalTuesday 21 May 2013
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    When thinking about problems such as stress and heart disease you may probably counter these problems with techniques such as meditation and yoga. Of course these are great techniques but owning a pet can be just as effective.

    Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, United States carried out a series of tests and also looked at other research into the matter. Their results were not conclusive but they found that owning a pet reduced the chance of heart disease. The debate is whether this is due to the increased exercise owners have with their pets or whether this is a direct scientific link is unknown.

    Dogs were said to be the most popular pet. A study of over 5000 people with dogs were found to get 54% getting the recommended amount of exercise compared to non-dog owners.

    The study also looked at pets and stress with pets reducing the body’s physical response to stressful situations. Another study looked at the comparison of talking to another human or a dog and dogs were found to reduce stress even more (probably because pets do not judge as whereas friends do!).

    Pets were also said to control blood pressure better than drugs. Even though drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they were not as effective as pets in the spikes in blood pressure that comes from stress and tension. This study looked at stockbrokers in New York who have stressful jobs and those that had cats and dogs had less problems than those who did not.

    Still however, despite the research there is no scientific link that can confirm the link. Of course if you are someone who does not like animals or too busy to look after one properly then you likely are not going to see the benefits of such an animal.

    The news is in. Even though there is no direct link, the evidence weighs up that by having a pet, you are generally more likely to live a healthier life.

     

     

    Source: Saga

    Photo: nancybeetoo

     

     

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