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6 on Health: Dogs and Life Expectancy

6 on Health: Dogs and Life Expectancy

According to a new study, dog ownership is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

The biggest beneficiaries are single people who own dogs.

The study found their overall risk of death dropped 33-percent and their risk of cardiovascular-related death fell by 36-percent compared to single individuals who did not own a pet.

People who live with others also saw some benefits but not as much as single folks.

The study also found that owners of hunting breeds like terriers, retrievers and scent hounds fared the best, but the study's senior author said that owning any dog was enough to reduce an owner's risk of death.

Six on Health is sponsored by Beaumont Emergency Center.

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