A new study out of Oxford University has found that people who spend more time on the toilet or using the sink, as opposed to standing or lying down, are more likely to have health issues such as urinary tract infections and urinary tract disease.
In the UK, the study found that those who spend the most time on their toilet or shower are more than twice as likely to develop a urinary tract infection compared to those who spent the least time.
The study also found that the more time people spent in the toilet, the higher their odds of developing urinary tract disorders.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to quantify the health risks of sitting or lying on the floor in public.
It also showed that people in the study who spent most time in the bath or toilet were less likely to be diagnosed with urinary tract diseases than those who sat or stood in public spaces.
Professor John O’Hagan, who led the research, said: ‘The findings from this study suggest that the benefits of sitting and lying down are outweighed by the risk of urinary tract and urinary disease.’
People who spend a lot of time in public areas are more at risk of developing UTIs and UTDs, which may be an important reason for the increased popularity of public toilets.’
Our findings show that sitting or standing on the bathroom floor is associated with a lower risk of both urinary tract conditions and urinary infections.’