Women More Susceptible to Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes If Infected with Common Virus (CMV)
A new study suggests that a common virus may make some women more susceptible to both heart disease and type 2 diabetes. According to UPI, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco found normal-weight women under age 50 who were infected with cyto-megalovirus–or CMV– were more likely to have metabolic syndrome than their peers. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that includes excess belly fat, unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. CMV is a herpes virus. It’s believed to infect roughly half of the U.S. population over the age of 40.