Based in Sweden, nearly 3.5 million people ages 40 to 80 were observed from 2001 to 2012 for the study.
The method to the study?
Researchers examined data from national registries for people between the ages of 40 to 80 and compared it with dog ownership registers, the BBC reports.
If playing with your dogs, and napping with your dogs, and throwing chew toys around, and getting your face licked is good for your health, we know a couple of people who are going to live forever.
People who own dogs have lower risks of dying from cardiovascular diseases and other health causes, according to a study of 3.4 million Swedes.
Hunting breeds appear to correlate with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease, the study said. Maybe folks who are healthier are more inclined to keep up with a dog. Single dog owners had a 33 per cent drop in the risk of death and an 11 per cent drop in the risk of myocardial infarction compared to single non-owners.
In news that is FAR from barking mad, scientists have discovered that man's best friend may also be man's biggest life-saver. "Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner". Mubanga said, "Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households".
Dog ownership correlates with lower rates of mortality and some fatal diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, a study published this week concluded.
The reasons for this link are not clear, but experts say dog owners do tend to be more active.
And then there's the theory that dogs positively affect people's gut bacteria.