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Owning a Dog Reduces Stress, Helps You Live Longer

  • New research funded by the National Institute of Health found that dogs can provide better social support and stress relief than friends and family. Owning a dog reduces stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol and raises the level of oxytocin, which is the same hormone released during breastfeeding. 
    Health benefits of dog companionship:
    • Increase longevity after heart attacks
    • Lower cholesterol and triglycerides
    • Improve blood pressure
    • Reduce irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias)
    • Improve blood vessel (endothelial) function
    • Increase physical activity and functioning
    • Reduce medical appointments and minor health problems
    • Predict seizures
    • Alert to hypoglycemia
    • Decrease depression
    • Raise self-esteem
    • Boost levels of exercise and physical activity
    • Improve alertness and attention among elderly people who have pets

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04/29/2013 3:49PM
Owning a Dog Reduces Stress, Helps You Live Longer
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