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Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

  • By Margot Keymaster

    This month we’re talking about how pets can affect living with serious health conditions. If you have a pet, tell us how your pet helps you cope with type 2 diabetes! Don’t have a pet? Tell us what comforts you when you aren’t feeling great.

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  • By Ksviolin

    My dog is not judgemental, She loves me for who I am. Not my size or looks.

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  • By Meryl Krochmal, RD, CSP, CDE, CNSC Moderator

    Hi Ksviolin,
    Thank you for commenting! The unconditional love from a pet is so special 🙂 I am glad that you have a great pet! Take care. Meryl Krochmal, RD CDE Community Moderator.

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  • By coloradohurricane

    I know I’m late for this topic, but a pet (at least a companion type of pet- I can’t vouch for exotic pets like spiders, snakes, etc) has great health benefits. #1 Exercising and playing with your pet is not only fun, but it is gcan give you a great workout too. #2 Studies have shown that owning a pet reduces your chances of cardiac events (a study done in Sweden attributes much of it to oxytocin- the ” bonding” hormone.

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      Hi Coloradohurricane,

      Great points!! Thank you so much for sharing here with us – do you have any pets?

      Best,
      Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team

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  • By Suz

    If I didn’t have my dog, Lacey, I wouldn’t get up most days. My bad days I have others that help me. When we get in bed at night it is our play and cuddling time. She gives me so much comfort. I’ve gotten upset at times and wanted to rehome her but my daughter always comes back with the fact that I not only love her ,I need her.

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  • By Kelly Dabel, RD Moderator

    Thank you for sharing Suz. So glad to hear that your dog brings you such comfort and love. Wishing you some good days ahead. Best, Kelly, Type2diabetes.com Community Moderator

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  • By Riddler

    Wish my little one was still alive. Miss her. Has been many years. Really need to get another one. They are such a comfort and joy.

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  • By Crystalcornell09

    I love my cat!! He is so loving and knows whether I am in a depression and if my sugar is high. When depressed he meows me til I laugh then he looks at me and saunters off like “I did it” and when my sugar is high he is literally in my face until I can get the sugar down. He sits or lays next to me for a couple days after to make sure “mama” is alright. I couldn’t do without him.

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