Numerous studies have pointed out how growing up with pets around makes children’s health better. Now a new study reveals that growing old with a pet is also beneficial for health even though it ups the risk of injury through falling and imposes financial strain.
Findings Of This New Study
The National Poll on Healthy Aging carried out by the University of Michigan polled 2000 adults in the age bracket of 50 to 80. It was found that about 55% of these had minimum one pet. However, more than half had more than a single pet. Of these dogs were the most common pets, cats were next, followed by birds, hamsters, etc. Results of the study revealed that participants believed that having pets had a positive impact on both their physical as well as mental wellbeing.
Of them, 90% thought that pets made them make the most of life and feel loved as well. 80% said that having a furry buddy around reduced stress, while 64% opined that pets encouraged them to be physically active. 60% of the individuals believed that their pets helped them with emotional and physical health-related issues and 46% said that having a pet around kept their mind off pain.
Instilling once again that pets enable one to become more social, 65% of these people also believed that pets made them connect with other pet owners. However, the survey also revealed some downsides to having pets. These included financial limitations, and the inability to leave the house or travel worry-free. About 60% said that they had suffered an injury due to falling because of their pet.
Living With A Pet
Having a pet around comes with multiple benefits. Research has shown that pets reduce markers of both stress and anxiety and in doing so, they can also lower high blood pressure levels. While it is not known how, but studies have found that having a four-legged member at home can lower cholesterol levels as well. By reducing both cholesterol and blood pressure levels, pets take down the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Pets, particularly pooches, keep one active which, in turn, comes with many more health benefits. Staying physically active can decrease the risk of obesity which is accompanied by many health problems. Keeping in view the many ways pets can ease life, if one cannot dedicate space at home to a pet, he should consider visiting pet shelters or volunteer to spend time with the pets of other people.
Looking at the many benefits for mental and physical health that pets can provide for their owners, it is a good idea to consider adopting a furry buddy. A new survey’s findings show that even growing old with a pet is good for health as pets reduce stress, increase social interaction, reduce chronic pain, make one feel better, etc.