Your dog could help you live longer


Dogs really are man's best friend, according to a recent study revealing that our canine companions may reduce our risk of premature death by up to a third.

From an analysis of more than 3.4 million adults, researchers found that people who owned dogs — particularly those in single-person households — were at lower risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality over a 12-year period, compared with people who didn't own dogs.

The study was conducted by researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden, and the findingswere recently reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Dogs are one of America's favorite pets; around 48 percent of households in the United States own at least one.

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