People with chronic conditions should use purified water for their health, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health.
The study looked at nearly 200 people who had diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and a range of other chronic conditions, and found that people with these conditions were more likely to be exposed to heavy metals such as lead and arsenic, according the New York Times.
“People who were diagnosed with diabetes and were exposed to lead and other heavy metals were more than twice as likely to suffer health problems over a lifetime as people who did not have these diseases,” study author Dr. William K. Bickerton, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, told the Times.
The research suggests that people living with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and asthma, are at higher risk of health problems because of the way they live their lives.
“They are living in a world of pollution and environmental damage that is not only very expensive, but also very difficult to manage,” Dr. Bikerton said.
“People living with these diseases need to think about ways to control the pollution.”
While the findings suggest people living in polluted areas may be more likely than others to suffer from health problems, the study found that the health effects of chronic conditions can vary greatly.
“If you have asthma, it is not just about getting a diagnosis of it, it can also be about having to go to the doctor or go to a doctor’s appointment,” Dr, Bickert told the newspaper.
“So people living near polluted areas and living in neighborhoods with a lot of heavy metals, and in urban areas and in other areas where people live very close to heavy pollution, you may have a more severe effect on your health than people living outside the polluted areas.”
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