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Dog Ownership And Its Impact on Cardiac Health on US Military Veterans

The overall population’s heart health is known to improve with dog ownership. There is evidence to show owning a dog might be a different type of intervention for treating PTSD. 

To examine the relationship between psychological health and effective aging among US military veterans, the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS) was conducted. The study consists of several online questionnaires and began in 2011.

A new study has revealed that according to research published in Scientific Reports, having a dog lowers the risk of cardio metabolic illness among former US service members. The assessment was done for both cat and dog ownership. 

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About 99% of poll respondents indicated that they had a dog or cat. 

Dog owners were more likely to be female and younger than non-dog owners. Additionally, it was shown that dog owners were more physically active than non-dog owners.

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According to the study, keeping a dog may lower the likelihood that US military veterans may develop high blood pressure and cholesterol. However, elderly veterans and those with nicotine use disorders have a higher risk of diabetes and stroke, irrelevant of dog or cat ownership.

However, cat ownership had no discernible impact on the prevalence of any cardio metabolic diseases.

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