Stress is an important cause of disease in humans and animals and the impact is more profound as we age.
The level of stress is reflected in cortisol levels – the more stress, the higher the levels of cortisol in the body. Increased cortisol levels suppress the immune system, decrease cognitive function, and enhance tumor growth in us and in our pets. Two studies conducted in dogs reveal some interesting information
- Long-life is associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. To learn more about this study visit http://goo.gl/Yhhq58
- Joyful play reduces stress, while aggressive ‘play ‘increases stress. To read the full report, go here http://familydogproject.elte.hu/Pdf/publikaciok/2008/HorvathDM2008.pdf
While this research is in dogs, similar results have been shown in humans. How do you and your dog de-stress? This just may be one of the most important questions you address for a long, happy, healthy life!