Berlin: Most people infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) carry it for a lifetime without any ill effects, but should the dormant virus become active, because of a weakened immune system, it could make you a diabetic.New research by Leiden University Medical Centre and University of Tubingen Medical Schools in Germany shows that CMV infection is a significant risk factor for the type 2 diabetes in the elderly.Obesity, inactivity and aging are known to be tied to insulin resistance, one of the first signs of diabetes.However, only a third of those with insulin resistance go on the develop type 2 diabetes, according to a Leiden and Tubingen statement.So what marks these people as different? Why do their pancreas` fail? Genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a part but so also does inflammation.
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