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Article Outlines Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

photo 2007 Jacob Davies | more info (via: Wylio)A recent article from Jakarta summarized the many benefits -- physical and emotional -- that come from...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Jan 22nd 2011


Kittenphoto 2007 Jacob Davies | more info (via: Wylio)
A recent article from Jakarta summarized the many benefits — physical and emotional — that come from pet ownership. Here is a tidbit:

An Australian study discovered that those who owned an animal had lower blood pressure and lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as a reduced likelihood of developing heart disease than those who did not have a pet. In addition, the study observed that these risks were still lower despite the pet owners’ consumption of above average amounts of meat and fast food.

Another study of heart attack victims in the US noted those who were pet owners usually survived another year longer than those who did not own an animal.

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