Having a dog is beneficial to your heart, research suggests

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PEORIA, Ill. — Having a dog can give you more than just companionship and enjoyment.

Studies show that dog owners are more likely to have better heart health than non-dog owners.

Scientists ran a cardiovascular health test looking at seven risk factors. These include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, exercise, diet, weight, and smoking. These tests showed that dog owners are more likely to exercise, have an ideal diet, and a lower blood glucose level.

“It does give you the idea that if they are healthier when they eat than you can be too, so I think there is a double benefit to that,” said Peoria Humane Society Education Coordinator Kitty Yanko.

Dogs can also give heart attack survivors and other sick people the motivation to keep pushing.

“I think having a dog to go home to recover to gives you a will to live, a desire to be healthy and just stay active,” said Yanko

If you’re looking for a loyal companion that can also keep you healthy, go out and get yourself a dog.

Some Central Illinois shelters include TapsNoKillAnimalShelter and PeoriaCountyAnimalProtectionServices.

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