The New Atlas website said that the results of the study are based on a growing body of evidence linking viral infections with the development of chronic diseases.
He added that the study began by investigating whether there was any association between herpes virus infection and the emergence of “prediabetes”, a metabolic state that precedes the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers analyzed data from a long-term health study that followed thousands of people for nearly 7 years.
They found that hundreds of people infected with two types of herpes virus, herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2) and cytomegalovirus (CMV), developed pre-diabetes symptoms.
The recent study stated: “The analyzes indicated that these two viruses contribute in a consistent and integrated manner to the occurrence of – pre-diabetes, regardless of gender, age, body mass, smoking, physical activity, high blood pressure, lipid levels and insulin resistance.”
“People with HSV-2 were 59 percent more likely to develop prediabetes, while those with CMV were 33 percent more likely to develop prediabetes,” she said.
The researchers stressed that the current findings are “only a preliminary association observation… but they provide clear indications that some types of herpes viruses may play a contributing role in diabetes.”