User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Improving Dog And Human Health

June 20, 2014, 6:19 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Improving Dog And Human Health

Dog lovers, listen up! Research shows that your pet could actually be good for your health.

Rudy and Finn are a big part of Gary Winterfeld and his wife's lives.

"We've always had dogs. We grew up with dogs," Gary said.

The couple makes it a priority to walk their dogs every day — mainly to please their pets.

"They really enjoy it," Gary said.

But man's best friend could actually be good for your health. The American Heart Association says owning a dog is associated with reducing your risk of heart disease.

"If you walk your dog, there's studies showing that your blood pressure will be better and that your cholesterol profile will be better," Sanford Cardiologist Dr. Adam Stys said.

Even if you don't walk your dog, your furry friend could still be beneficial to your health.

"The stress reactions when it comes to our blood pressure and heart rate improve with pet owners. They improve in pet owners, and they improve even more when the pet is present," Stys said.

Cardiologist Dr. Adam Stys says he's noticed the health benefits of animals first-hand. He has three dogs and two cats.

"Can sense when I have a hard day at work — a lot of cases and radiation exposure," Stys said.

Still, Stys says the prescription for better heart health is not necessarily a pet.

"A pet is a companion. That's why you get a pet — not to reduce your cardiovascular risk but to have a companion," Stys said.

Which is exactly the main role the Winterfeld's best friends play.

"It just seems like part of the family," Gary said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

SD Sends Suspected EV-D68 Specimens To CDC

9/11/2014 11:45 AM

The spread of Enterovirus D68 is now reaching into KELOLAND.

Full Story
Snacks That Could Throw Off Your Diet

9/10/2014 6:19 PM

From trail mix to low fat chocolate pudding, marketing gimmicks try to trick you into thinking some snacks are guilt free.

Full Story | Watch
ND, SD Officials Bracing For Rare Children's Virus

9/10/2014 3:08 PM

Public health officials say a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that has affected children in at least 10 states may...

Full Story
Support Continues For Miller Woman Who Battled Cancer

9/12/2014 5:00 PM

A Miller woman is grateful for community support even after she received a cancer-free report.

Full Story | Watch
Finding The Positives With Friedreich's Ataxia

9/16/2014 6:32 PM

Teenagers can encounter hardships from time to time, and 13-year-old Raena Bendtro is no exception, only she knows her obstacles will soon get even la...

Full Story | Watch


Events