In a bid to save money on water filters, a new UK study has found that people who use a filter for less than two minutes a day have a better chance of surviving kidney failure and other health problems than those who use more frequent filters.
It comes after a recent study from the University of Leicester found that water filters used less than three minutes a week were more likely to work than those used for more than three hours a week.
In an effort to save the environment and reduce pollution, water filters have become more common in the UK in recent years.
However, the latest study suggests that people may be using them incorrectly.
The study, conducted by University of Birmingham’s School of Public Health and Public Health Sciences and the University Hospitals of Leicester, looked at data from more than 1,500 people in England.
The researchers asked people to complete a questionnaire that included questions about their health, diet, exercise and water consumption.
They also measured how much water was used each day.
The results showed that those who used less frequent water filters were more than four times more likely than those using more frequent water filtration to have a kidney failure.
The average age of those surveyed was 45.6.
About 10 per cent of those who drank less than four litres a day were found to have kidney failure, compared to less than 2 per cent for those who consumed more than five litres a week, according to the report.
It found that the more frequent users had a lower risk of kidney failure than the less frequent users, but the risk was not as high as that of those using fewer than five or 10 litres a month.
“Water filtrations have been associated with kidney failure in other studies, so it’s important to understand what these findings mean for people who might be using more than a simple filter,” said Dr Helen Wilson, from the Department of Public Policy and the Centre for Environmental Health at the University.
“While this study was observational, it’s possible that the results may be influenced by other variables, such as the frequency of water filtrations or other lifestyle factors, or the number of people who were exposed to pollution, such a high water filters use.”
It’s important that we look at the full range of water filters that are available to people, including those used in hospitals, and the effect they have on the risk of developing kidney failure,” she added.
“These results support the need for water filters to be routinely tested for kidney failure risk and to be used more frequently in people with low risk of renal failure.” “
Although kidney failure has a very different risk to that of other diseases, this is the first study to look at this issue using objective measures,” she said.
“These results support the need for water filters to be routinely tested for kidney failure risk and to be used more frequently in people with low risk of renal failure.”
Water filters are a key part of the British water supply.
The industry estimates that more than one million people in the country are currently using water filters.
However the research found that less than one per cent were regular users.
More: The UK government is considering whether to increase the amount of water filter you need to use.
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