The Study of Human-Animal Interactions Benefits We Derive from Companion Animals Pet owners tend to be resistant to the onset and progress of heart disease
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Pet owners tend to be resistant to the onset and progress of heart disease
Research has shown that pet owners tend to be more resistant than others to the onset and progress of heart disease. In an epidemiological study of 5,741 subjects at risk for heart disease, figures showed that the 784 subjects who owned pets had blood pressure levels that were an average of 2% lower than the average subject who did not own a pet. In addition, it was shown that pet owners tended to have lower cholesterol levels. The positive effects of pet ownership were found to be about the same as those of diet therapy techniques such as reducing sodium and alcohol intake. (Baker Medical Research Institute, Australia, 1992)
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