Navigation Links
Pet Owners Less Healthy: Study Unveils

A Finnish study finds that working-age pet owners tend to be more overweight, slightly less healthy than their pet-free peers.//

This is quite controversial to many previous studies that showed that pets could help people cope with various physical and psychological problems. But those studies didn't look at the effects of pet ownership on the health of the general population.

Now, Leena K. Koivusilta, Ph.D., and Ansa Ojanlatva, Ph.D., of the University of Turku, Finland, who studied and collated the detailed health and pet information from more than 21,000 Finnish adults, aged between 20 to 54, conclude that: “Pet ownership was very lightly associated with poor health in the general working-aged population."

The findings of their study appear in the December 2006 issue of the online journal PloS ONE.

Pet owners, even though more likely to enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, boating, and fishing tend to weigh more for their height (a measure known as body mass index or BMI). The researchers suggested: "Pet owners had a slightly higher BMI than the rest, which indicates that people having a pet, particularly a dog could use some exercise,"

Some of the key findings of Koivusilta and Ojanlatva:

- Couples are more likely to have pets than singles.
- People working in agriculture are twice as likely to own pets as people in other fields.
- Pet ownership is linked with:
-- Slightly poorer physical health in older people.
-- Slightly poorer emotional health in younger people.
- Pet owners smoke more cigarettes but drink less alcohol than those without pets.
- People reporting poor healths are more likely to have pets; but dog owners are no more likely to report poor health than people without dogs.
- Pet owners tend to have lower social status than those without pets.

Koivusilta and Ojanlatva say their data show people tend to acquire pets w hen they get older and become more set in their ways. They note that pets may offer health benefits their study did not measure.
SRI
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Misconceptions About Pet Owners Health Condition Revealed
2. Dog Owners Definitely Healthier
3. Cat Owners at Risk of Bird Flu
4. Support Claims With Science Not Magic, Beverage Owners Warned
5. Club and Bar Owners may Sell Laughing Gas at Their Own Risk
6. Want To Be Healthy: Just Write!
7. Tomato Sauce reduces Cancer Risk- Study
8. Study on obesity and heart failure
9. National Lung Study in the process
10. Study casts doubt on keyboard ills
11. Study reveals how stress can make you sick
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Northridge ... now offering treatments for sleep apnea and TMJ at their office. TMJ, or ... , specifically the obstructive type, is increasingly being treated at dental offices with ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Viewers who like to educate ... historical facts, cultural practices, goods, services, and societal issues tend to appreciate and love ... the popular practice of utilizing running events for causes around the world. ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Judy Buchanan, ... Master in Frederick, MD. Judy says, “I am passionate about sharing Reiki as ... a very difficult and challenging time.” , A Certified Medical Reiki™ Master trained ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest A Cultivation of Christian ... Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna Marie. He and his ... six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and Substance.” , “Love, the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... In 2016 the ... estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the Americas within the ... numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated 329,000. Yet, Zika, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017   BioSpace , the leading biotechnology and ... Indiana Biosciences Research Institute and over 20 ... institutions to bring the state,s life sciences industry to ... an artistic representation of the region,s booming biotechnology and ... President Mike Pence , a long-time advocate of ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... -- Ethicon* today announced the completion of its acquisition ... device company that manufactures and markets the LINX™ ... Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This acquisition is aligned ... minimally invasive options for patients suffering from prevalent ... transaction have not been disclosed. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... PAULO , March 23, 2017 CENTRO ... with article 157, paragraph 4 of Law 6,404/76 and ... (CVM), hereby informs its shareholders and the market in ... with its subsidiary Centro de Diagnosticos por Imagem Ltda. ... of 100% interest in RADIOLOGISTAS ASSOCIADOS LTDA. (" Partnership ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: