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Dog Ownership Linked With Good Diet And Better Cardiovascular Health


Having a pet might help in maintaining a fit heart—in particular, if that pet is a dog—as per to the first assessment of information from the “Kardiozive Brno 2030” research. The study analyzed the connection of pet ownership—specifically dogs—with cardiovascular disease peril factors and cardiovascular health. The findings were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes. The research was first established on the baseline of socio-economic and health information of over 2,000 people living in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, from January 2013–December 2014.

In the 2019 evaluation, the research looked at 1,769 people without any history of heart disease and ranked them based on Life’s Simple 7 ultimate health behaviors and aspects, as delineated by the AHA (American Heart Association) such as BMI (body mass index), physical activity, diet, smoking status, blood glucose, blood pressure, and total cholesterol. Andrea Maugeri—Researcher from the University of Catania, Italy—said, “In general, individuals who owned any pet were more tend to report better diet, physical activity, and blood sugar at a normal level. The greatest advantages of having a pet were for people who owned a dog, exclusion of their sex, age, and education level.”

On a similar note, a study showed that dog owners are more likely to reach weekly exercise targets. Dog owners are stated to be four times more inclined to meet suggested physical activity guidelines than non-dog owning adults, as per to new research conducted at the University of Liverpool. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports and emphasized the role that dogs might have in helping to keep humans fit and healthy. It is advised that adults should do a minimum of 150 Minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every week. Nevertheless, this is attained by just 66% of men and 58% of women in the U.K. and less than 50% of adults across the U.S.

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