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Having a pet is linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels

As I said before, adopting a pet, whether it’s a cat, a rabbit, a dog, a bird or even a turtle, is always a good idea, not only because you will be more responsible and happier, but also because your overall health will be improved. For example, research suggests that having a dog can help you improve your heart health by lowering your bad cholesterol levels, as well as triglyceride levels.

Why are triglycerides and cholesterol levels important? Well, according to medical experts, if you have high levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol in your blood, you will be more likely to develop heart disease.

The difference between triglycerides and cholesterol is that the former store unused calories and provide your body with energy, while the latter is used to build cells and certain hormones. (see more on the next page)

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