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Pets Alleviate Stress

Tuesday, 01 Mar 2011 10:24 AM


Can Fido or Fluffy help you cut back on the stress in your life? The answer is yes, according to recent research.

A study in the journal Hypertension examined nearly 50 stockbrokers who were taking a medication for high blood pressure because of their high stress job. Half of the stockbrokers were asked to acquire pets.

Six months later, researchers tested the blood pressure of the two groups while the stockbrokers were performing a stressful task. They found that pet ownership lowered blood pressure for those stockbrokers under stress better than medication.

The researchers believe that the pets provide comfort that helps lower blood pressure.

“The nonjudgmental aspect of pets really provides support, more so than the support that would be provided by a person,” said Erika Friedmann, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing who has studied the health benefits of pet ownership.

Everyone knows how attached you can get to your cat or dog. But even watching fish swim in an aquarium has been shown to lower blood pressure. The conclusion: Any kind of pet is good for your health.




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