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Why you should have a dog if you have type 2 diabetes

I receive a few different newsletters/blogs every day. Often, I just trash them, but once in a while, I come across something that is worthy of being shared. One of the most recent shareable blog posts was from Beachbody where I used to be a health and fitness coach. The post is about the 10 surprising health benefits of having a dog. Later in this post, I will share what those ten things are. Read on to learn more about man’s (and woman’s) best friend—the ever-faithful dog.

The naming of the D.O.G.

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I don’t know if the creator God had this planned out in advance, but on my tired days, I sometimes switch the letters around and change the word “dog” into the word “God.” I don’t mean it to be sacrilegious at all, it just happens sometimes.

It is during those times when my mind wanders into the many ways that God and dogs are a lot alike. Here are just a few I thought of:

  • Unconditional Love
  • Always happy to see you when you come home!
  • Forgiving

I have two dogs currently but I have had dogs my entire life.

The early years

Growing up, I lived on a farm and our dogs were pets, but they were also working dogs. The first dog I have a memory of was our dog Frisky. He was a terrier-type and was a great cattle dog. When it was time to milk the cows, we would tell Frisky to go get the cows and he would dart out into the pasture and herd all the cows back to the barn.

He seemed to love this work and was well-rewarded with a lot of praise and cuddles from us.

Frisky was with us for several years before he went to meet God in person (in dog?). herding dogs

Our next dog was named Buffy. He wasn’t as good at herding the cows as Frisky was. In fact, sometimes he seemed downright afraid of the cows!

He was still a wonderful companion and would drop whatever it was that he was doing if you called him over to pet him.

I live in town now and my dogs don’t have the wide-open space to run like the dogs did when I was a kid. Still, they are excellent pets and can calm a person down when they are having a bad day.

Just one look into those fur-babies eyes and you melt! Well, I do anyway.

The 10 health benefits

Without further ado, here are those 10 surprising health benefits of having a dog from the article by the same name. I would argue that there are more than 10, but these 10 are a good start. The article was written by Linnea Zielinski and may be accessed at the link above.

  1. Increase your healthspan
  2. Keep you active
  3. Lower your blood pressure
  4. Counteract loneliness
  5. Makes it easier to meet people . . .
  6. . . .and maybe a significant other
  7. Boost your playfulness
  8. Provide unconditional love
  9. Lower your stress and anxiety
  10. Help you maintain or lose weightdog walking

Several of these are highly significant for someone who struggles with type 2 diabetes.

The main thing

I think the main reason is just this simple thing, though. No matter how many people you have in your life that love and care about you, ultimately, dogs really are man’s and woman’s best friends and stand by us giving us comfort, peace, and someone who will always listen.

When you take those long walks with your faithful dog beside you there is no better feeling. Whether that is because of the chemicals being released because of the physical activity or because of your companion, the feeling is indescribable and one that is not matched by any other feeling.

Whether God had Dog planned or not, He sure knew what He was doing when He created the dog to be our helpers, companions, and friends.

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About the author

Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

6 thoughts on “Why you should have a dog if you have type 2 diabetes

  1. Your comparison of dog-god and wordplay has put a smile on your face. That’s a good observation. We have a dog, the kids love him and he loves them. He’s looking forward to a walk and likes to cuddle like a little kid. For all the obligations and responsibilities it carries, the pet is primarily a great pleasure. It provides a lot!

    1. Hi Jas. I am so glad I could put a smile on your face! I think dogs make such wonderful pets and “family” members. I also have cats, but there is something special about a dog and the relationship they form with us!

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

  2. What a lovely post.

    Thank you for discussing the 10 benefits of having a dog as your pet.

    And I agree with you for those starting benefits although I haven’t really acknowledge them before I read your article.

    I have three dogs, 2 Chihuahua and 1 Pitbull, all female. I have the habit of bringing my breakfast downstairs in the garage and tagging along my three dogs. One is afraid of going down the stairs so I have to carry her, taking the stairs up and down twice to settle for breakfast. The other two have the habit of thinking twice if they will go down or not, so imagine the chase.

    But it is true, I am more revitalize every morning. With my children staying up late at night and getting out of bed near lunch time, I had months of lonely breakfast alone while husband is working out of town . 

    After having breakfast, I spend sometime playing with them and true enough, I am noticing some weight loss and a more productive day. Nice post for you to let the pet lovers know their benefits from their pets.

    1. Thanks for visiting our site, Rose. I am so glad you have dogs and that you are involving them so completely in your life! They sure can be a handful, can’t they?! Even so, we still love and cherish them as parts of our families!

      I am glad you are noticing some of the health benefits of dog ownership. They are truly our best friends!

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

  3. Hey. What a great read, I am not a dog owner, My kids have been asking for one for sometime. I am just hesitant because despite knowing the benefits, I also know that there is a great commitment and responsibility that comes with owning one. I have learned more from this article, I love how you have put the benefits in details. It is worth one I guess. Thank you

    1. A dog is definitely work, but they are also worth it. The time commitment is paid back over and over again. Your kids will learn lessons about love and commitment and care from having a dog that they can learn nowhere else! 🙂 And it is nearly a guarantee that you will, too! Thanks for visiting our site.

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

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