A new study suggests drinking contaminated drinking water may increase your risk of developing granulomas.
Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studied the drinking habits of more than 1,000 people and found those who drank five or more glasses of water a day had a 1.2 percent higher risk of getting granulomatous disease, or granulocystis pneumoniae, a disease caused by bacteria that cause the disease.
The findings were published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine.
This means drinking water with high levels of chlorine and other chemicals could increase your chances of developing the disease by up to 1.4 percent, the study found.
The risk increases with age.
The study looked at a population of people in New York City and Maryland who were between the ages of 35 and 65.
About 1,200 people participated.
Researchers found people who drank at least four glasses of tap water a week had a 20 percent higher rate of granulomyosis compared to people who did not drink tap water.
The study found people with diabetes and high blood pressure had a higher risk than people without these conditions.
A previous study found that people with the highest risk of granula were those who had never been diagnosed with granulomeas.
In a statement, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said the study “provides strong evidence of a relationship between drinking high levels or consumption of highly contaminated drinking waters and the development of granuli.”
“Our findings also provide strong evidence that individuals with these high-risk lifestyle characteristics are at increased risk for developing granula,” the statement read.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense have funded the study.