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A dog owner more likely to smoke, yet have better heart health: Study

Dog owners are known to engage in more physical activity and are more likely to have regular exercise habits than those without dogs

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heart health | Cardiovascular disease | Dog ownership

Saumya Joseph | Reuters 

No one can say if it’s the walks or the unconditional love, but there’s something about owning a dog that goes hand in hand with better heart health, suggests a study in eastern Europe. Researchers examined more than 1,700 adults in the Czech Republic and found that dog owners tended to be younger, female and more likely to smoke than people with different pets or with no companion animals. Yet the dog owners were also more active, had better levels of blood fat and blood sugar, and were less likely to be obese, giving them an overall better cardiovascular health profile than the ...

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First Published: Sat, September 14 2019. 23:24 IST