Pet dogs reduce risk of asthma in kids


If you are asthmatic and love dogs, this could be the best news you’ve heard today. Young kids with a pet dog are less likely to develop asthma, new study claims.

In the study, a total of more than one million children were included, and two dog ownership registers.

Researcher Tove Fall of the Uppsala University said that their results confirmed the farming effect, and they also saw that children who grew up with dogs had about 15 percent less asthma than children without dogs.

Asthmatic? Walk, cycle, do yoga for 30 minutes every day

If you are asthmatic, this could well be the best news you’ve h eard in a long time. Latest research suggests that just half-an-hour of exercise daily can help you relieve the symptoms of asthma.

In the study, experts from Concordia University, the Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal and several other institutions analysed the exercise habits of 643 participants who had been diagnosed with the respiratory disease.

josie-and-yukiResults were overwhelmingly clear: Those who engaged in optimal levels of physical activity on a regular basis were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to have good control of their symptoms, compared with those who did no exercise.

The workout doesn’t have to be strenuous. Lead author Simon Bacon said that just 30 minutes a day of walking, riding a bike, doing yoga or anything active, really can result in significant reduction of asthma symptoms.

“The issue of exercise-induced bronchospasm is real — but if you use your releaver medication, blue puffer, before you exercise, and then take the time to cool down afterwards, you should be okay,” he says. “Even if you have asthma, there’s no good reason not to get out there and exercise.”

Bacon concluded that it would be great to see physicians recommending physical activity to patients with asthma, alongside traditional pharmacological treatments.

The study is published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research.  

Fall said that because they had access to such a large and detailed data set, they could account for confounding factors such as asthma in parents, area of residence and socioeconomic status.

In Sweden, dog ownership registration is mandatory in Sweden since 2001. These scientists studied whether having a parent registered as a dog-owner or animal farmer was associated with later diagnosis or medication for childhood asthma.

Senior author Catarina Almqvist Malmros of the Karolinska Institute said that their results also indicated that children who grow up with dogs have reduced risks of asthma later in life.

Malmros said their results were generalisable to the Swedish population, and probably also to other European populations with similar culture regarding pet ownership and farming.

The study is published in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics.


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