Dog ownership associated with better heart health, study finds

People who own dogs may be more likely to have better heart health than those who don't, according to a new study.
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Hope she's happy. George, over to you. How man's best friend can be your heart's best friend too. A new study shows the connection between canines and cardiovascular health. Dr. Suzanne steinbaum is here with her furry friend, Taylor and Emmy. Nice to be with you. Thank you for being here. Dog owners have better cardiovascular health than people without pets and other pet owners, that's very exciting news for a lot of us pet owners. Tell us about the discovery. Well, when you think about it, if you have dogs, you are out walking and that increase in physical activity is part of why dogs are so good for heart health. Not only that, it shows that people who have dogs have a healthier diet. They have stabilization of their blood sugars and, in fact, there's also an increase in the good cholesterol, the hdl cholesterol and a decrease in try police rides. They just basically make you more active and happier? Absolutely. That's the nonscientific finding. What are benefits unique to just dogs? Like you have pet owners in general, cat, fish, I don't know, what is it about dogs? Well, you're not really walking your iguana or your gerbil or your hamster. But dog owners are really out there walking their dogs and not only that, there's a community. There are other dog walkers and dog owners out there and dog runs and being social is part of it and we know that people who own dogs have higher levels of happy hormone, good hormones in their system and it decreases stress. She's making you happier just by sitting there. So is this something you'd recommend for people just to go out and go do it. Absolutely. I think certainly as we grow older, it gives us the drive to go outside and get walking and get moving and really we know dogs are man's best friend. Exactly. Now we have teenage daughters so the only person who greets me at the door now is pie dog. Mine won't walk the dog either. Neither will mine. Thank you very much. We appreciate it. A great study.

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