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Owning a Dog Reduces Stress, Helps You Live Longer
by JC Burton,posted Apr 29 2013 3:49PM
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
Alert to hypoglycemia
Boost levels of exercise and physical activity
Improve alertness and attention among elderly people who have pets