Your Heart’s Best Friend
A CANINE COMPANION CAN SNIFF OUT SUPERIOR CARDIAC HEALTH – AND FETCH YOU A FEW MORE YEARS
How Fido can help you keep the big killers on a tight leash.
THE WORLD IS OBSESSED WITH DOGS. If you don’t already follow him, there’s a pug named Doug on Instagram that has more than three million doe-eyed acolytes. Online, we hang on their every pant. But research suggests that making your heartfelt adoration for dogs physical can track down serious reciprocal benefits that you’ll like just as much.
Man’s best friend is a lifesaver. Not content with being the icebreaker for chance meetings in the local park, your loyal pet is looking out for your longevity, too. Uppsala University studied 3.4 million people in Sweden over 12 years and found that subjects who owned a dog had a 33 per cent lower risk of death overall, and a 36 per cent lower risk of succumbing to cardiovascular disease. With CVD being the most common cause of death worldwide, there’s good reason to keep the threat on a tight leash.
Further research has found that time spent with a four-legged friend sinks levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can suppress your immunity if not kept at heel. It also builds up your resistance to allergies and relieves the impact that isolation can have on your mental health.
And owning a dog makes walkies non-negotiable, guaranteeing you maintain your cardio quota – even on rest days. As for picking up after them? Just think of it as extra squats.
COLLAR POOR HEALTH TO REMAIN A GOOD BOY IN THE LONG RUN.