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Do Pets Help You to Live Longer?

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Pets Could Extend Your Life 

For most of us, pets are part of the family. From companionship to keeping you active, there are many reasons why having animals around improves your health and wellbeing. According to numerous studies, pet owners tend to lead longer lives.

The health benefits of pets have been widely studied and acknowledged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says having a pet can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness. They can cause increase your opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities, and socialization.

According to the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, position human-animal interaction has been shown to influence levels of blood pressure, heart rate, and hormones related to wellbeing, such as cortisol and oxytocin. Pets can lower your blood pressure and calm your heart rate from increased movement such as dog walking and simply petting the animal.

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