So you’re one of the millions of dog owners in the world? Congratulations! You already know how much fun you have with your four-legged friend, but you might not be aware of the health benefits you’re enjoying. Sure, it’s great when he sees you at the end of your workday, with his tail wagging and his bark that tells you how happy he is that you’re back home. But there’s a growing body of scientific research that indicates your beloved pet could actually be making you healthier. The research into this area is relatively new, but the early indications show that being a pet owner can help you in many different ways. These are just a few:
Trouble walking up stairs… stumbling on uneven ground… creaky knees and ankles – there are lots of simple activities that can let you know your legs aren’t the best they can be. While you can try to ignore the signs, you don’t want to risk a trip or fall that could have been avoided. So if you’ve come to the decision to get in the gym and work on your leg muscles, well, congratulations!
Type-2 diabetes is no longer known as “adult onset diabetes,” and with good reason. Not only are adults coming down with the disease in record numbers, it’s also showing up in teenagers – and even children. There are more than 20 million people in the U.S. with type-2 diabetes, and approximately 6 million have no idea they have it.1 But diabetes prevention isn’t only possible, it’s relatively simple if you’re willing to make the commitment.