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Can Diabetes Cause Vaginal Yeast Infections?

Can Diabetes Cause Vaginal Yeast Infections?

How common are yeast infections? A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a type of fungal infection. It can cause irritation, itchiness, and discharge. Vaginal yeast infections are most common. 3 in 4 women will have at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime. About half of all women will experience two or more. A number of things can increase your risk of yeast infection, including conditions such as diabetes. Keep reading to learn why this happens and what you can do to prevent it. Researchers in a 2013 study found a significant link between high blood sugar and vaginal yeast infections. This study focused on women and children with type 1 diabetes. According to a 2014 study, women with type 2 diabetes may be at an even higher risk of vaginal yeast infection. It’s unclear whether this is due to higher overall levels of blood sugar or another factor. Yeast feeds off of sugar. If your diabetes isn’t well-controlled, your blood sugar levels can spike to unreasonably high levels. This increase in sugar can cause yeast to overgrow, particularly in the vaginal area. Your body may develop a yeast infection in response. Maintaining your blood sugar levels may help reduce your risk of infection. If you have diabetes, you should undergo periodic screening for vaginal yeast infections. Some types of candidiasis can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Talk with your doctor about the best screening schedule for you. Your vagina naturally contains a mix of yeast and bacteria. The yeast will remain in check as long as the balance between the two isn’t disrupted. A number of things can interfere with this balance and cause your body to produce an excessive amount of yeast. This includes: taking certain antibiotics undergoing hormone ther Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes And Yeast Infections

Type 2 Diabetes And Yeast Infections

A vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a condition that causes itching and irritation around the vagina, a thick white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese, and burning when using the bathroom or having sex. Although many women experience yeast infections, women with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk, especially if their blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Blood Sugar and Yeast Infections Most women have yeast organisms as part of their normal flora, the tiny microorganisms that live on and inside our bodies. These microorganisms don’t cause any discomfort or symptoms because they're limited in number. But when there's overgrowth, their presence becomes a problem. “No one knows exactly why yeast infections are more common [in women with type 2 diabetes], but there is a definite association with how well a person's diabetes is controlled," says Vincent Woo, MD, endocrinologist at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. An increased level of blood sugar from diabetes affects the entire body, not just the blood. “Elevated blood sugar appears in the mucus of the vagina and vulva, so they serve as an excellent culture medium for yeast,” says Daniel Einhorn, MD, a former president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and medical director of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Yeast gets energy from sugar, so in an environment that is moist with sugar, yeast may overgrow. Diabetes and the Ability to Fight Yeast Infections The effects of diabetes on the body become more obvious as time goes on. People who don’t keep good control of their blood sugar may develop complications related to the constantly high levels. One such complication is a difficulty in fighti Continue reading >>

Diabetes, Thrush And Boils

Diabetes, Thrush And Boils

Since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes), I find that I constantly suffer from thrush on my penis. Normally I put on some Canesten cream and it goes away for a couple of weeks. My nose is covered in boils as well and my doctor has told me that this is because of the diabetes. Since starting on Avandia tablets my blood sugar readings have been normal, but the thrush and boils seem to be getting worse. Is there anything I can do to clear up these problems, or am I stuck with them? Answer This is a most troublesome problem and you have my sympathy. Diabetes certainly does predispose patients to recurrent infections and it is important they are treated thoroughly. Thrush infection due to the yeast candida is a common problem. Canesten cream is a valuable and effective treatment, but because the condition is recurring so frequently it would be wise to try alternatives such as Nystan creams and an oral treatment called Diflucan. It should be possible to deal with the uncomfortable boils on your nose. The combination of a course of oral antibiotics and an antiseptic or antibiotic cream is very effective. The recurrences may be due to the presence of particularly troublesome bacteria on the skin. We are all covered with a selection of yeasts, fungi and bacteria that are usually harmless, but occasionally some become more than usually aggressive. Bacteria can be modified by using an antiseptic soap for a month, which you can get from your pharmacist. It may also be a good idea to try a short course of an antiseptic cream inside the nostrils. I should add that if the boils are particularly resistant to treatment and are confined to the nose and cheeks resembling acne, your GP might possibly consider the alternative diagnosis of rosacea. Yours si Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Yeast Infections: What You Need To Know

Diabetes And Yeast Infections: What You Need To Know

Yeast lives naturally in our bodies. However, if it begins to overgrow and become a yeast infection, it may cause problems. Yeast can be found in the skin and near mucous membranes and helps to keep neighboring bacteria in check. A buildup of yeast is called a yeast infection and can cause pain, itchiness, and discomfort. In this article, we explore the causes, symptoms, and possible treatments for yeast infections. Contents of this article: Overview Yeast thrives in warm moist areas so yeast infections can occur in several places: the mouth the genitals beneath the breasts under folds of skin Out of these, vaginal yeast infections are the most common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75 percent of women will have had a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. How diabetes and yeast infections are linked People with poorly-controlled diabetes are at a higher risk of more severe and frequent yeast infections. Researchers are still trying to understand completely how diabetes is linked to yeast overgrowth. However, there is evidence of several possibilities: Extra sugars in yeast-friendly areas When blood glucose levels are high, extra sugars may be secreted in: mucus sweat urine As yeast feeds on sugar, these secretions are the most obvious culprits for overgrowth. Increased levels of glycogen, a polysaccharide used to store glucose, also occur with diabetes. Extra glycogen in the vaginal area can lead to a decrease in pH, which aids yeast growth. A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides evidence for this, using female diabetic rats. Compromised immune system Poorly-controlled diabetes has been shown to hinder the immune response. This could be part of the reason why someone with diabetes might h Continue reading >>

Thrush And Balanitis

Thrush And Balanitis

When you have type 1 diabetes, you're more likely to suffer from thrush and balanitis Thrush is a yeast infection caused by excessive growth of a fungus (known as candida albicans) which lives on and in the body. Although more common in women, men can also get thrush orally and on the penis and outbreaks could be caused by high blood glucose levels. Symptoms of oral thrush include redness and white spots coating the surface of the tongue. Symptoms of penile thrush include inflammation of the head of the penis. This inflammation is often referred to as balanitis. In this condition the head of the penis becomes red and sore. Irritation and itching are also common. Small red spots may appear and a penile discharge can occur. Antibiotics and some asthma inhalers can also increase the risk of infection. Your pharmacist can provide over-the-counter remedies to treat both oral and penile thrush. Your partner should also be treated to prevent reinfection. However, if the infection persists, you should see your GP for further advice. Continue reading >>

Disease, Treatment, And Oral Health

Disease, Treatment, And Oral Health

Many people associate tooth decay and periodontal disease with too much candy and not enough brushing and flossing. If only it were that simple. While its true that food and personal oral hygiene have a role in oral health, there are many other things that can affect the health of the mouth, including medical conditions such as diabetes and, perhaps ironically, some medicines and medical therapies. This article describes some of the more common oral side effects of medical conditions, medicines, and treatments and what you can do to either head off such side effects or keep your mouth healthy and comfortable in spite of them. A common side effect of many prescription medicines is xerostomia, or dry mouth. Hundreds of drugs can cause dry mouth, although some are much more likely to than others. Drugs that commonly cause oral dryness include antihistamines, antidepressants (particularly the class known as tricyclic antidepressants), and medicines for high blood pressure. Other possible causes of dry mouth include prolonged high blood glucose, the medical condition Sjgren syndrome, radiation therapy (discussed later in this article), neurological disorders such as Parkinson disease, and dehydration. Dry mouth is not just uncomfortable, but it can also make food taste funny, affect your ability to speak, and interfere with denture fit, leading to chafing and irritation where the denture touches the mouth tissues. Dry mouth also raises the risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral infections, because the lack of saliva allows harmful bacteria to proliferate in the mouth. Given the discomfort and possible consequences of dry mouth, its worth bringing this symptom to your doctors attention to determine the cause and whether anything can be done about it. There Continue reading >>

Yeast, Diabetes, And Sex

Yeast, Diabetes, And Sex

Vaginal yeast infections are annoying, not dangerous, but they can seriously hamper your sex life, especially if you have diabetes. What’s the connection, and what can you do to prevent and treat yeast infections? According to Chris Illiades, MD, on the website Everyday Health, “Normally, Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infection, lives in balance with the other microorganisms in your body…. But anything that upsets this normal balance can lead to an overgrowth of yeast and can cause a yeast infection.” Diabetes is one of the things that can upset the normal balance because yeast love to eat sugar, especially glucose. In fact, they help make beer by eating sugar and turning it into alcohol, and they are crucial in bread-making because after eating sugar, they produce a gas that makes dough rise. When there’s extra sugar in your blood, there is likely to be more in your vagina and other tissues, so yeast grow better there. Yeast irritating the inside of your vagina is called “vaginitis.” In the tissues around the vagina – the vulva – such irritation is called “vulvitis.” Both are far more common in women with diabetes. There are many causes of yeast infections. One is the use of antibiotics, which can change the balance in the vagina by killing bacteria, thus allowing yeast to grow unchecked. A common pattern is for a woman to treat a bladder infection with antibiotics, only to wind up with a yeast infection that is just as annoying. According to Dr. Illiades, other causes of vaginitis include stress, illness, menstrual periods, pregnancy, and other medications. Diabetes Health writer Linda von Wartburg wrote that menopause may also increase the risk of vaginitis. Preventing Yeast Infections You can reduce your risk of vaginitis by ma Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Symptoms The symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, passing more urine than usual, and feeling tired all the time. The symptoms occur because some or all of the glucose stays in your blood and isn't used as fuel for energy. Your body tries to get rid of the excess glucose in your urine. The main symptoms, which are common to both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, are: urinating more often than usual, particularly at night feeling very tired unexplained weight loss cuts or wounds that heal slowly blurred vision – caused by the lens of the eye becoming dry The signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes are usually obvious and develop very quickly, often over a few weeks. These signs and symptoms aren't always as obvious, however, and it's often diagnosed during a routine check-up. This is because they are often mild and develop gradually over a number of years. This means you may have type 2 diabetes for many years without realising it. See your GP as soon as possible if you think you may have diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment for type 2 diabetes is very important as it may reduce your risk of developing complications later on. Hyperglycaemia Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, can't produce enough insulin to control your blood glucose level, or when the cells in your body don't respond properly to the insulin that is produced. This means your blood glucose levels may become very high, and is known as hyperglycaemia. Hyperglycaemia can occur for several reasons, including: eating too much being unwell ineffective diabetes medication, or not taking enough Hyperglycaemia causes the main symptoms of diabetes, which include extreme thirst and frequent urination. Next review due: 27/06/2018 Type 2 diabetes occurs when t Continue reading >>

Thrush And Type 2 Diabetic

Thrush And Type 2 Diabetic

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community I have had thrush for about 5 months now and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on Monday was told that its all part of having this condition and must learn to manage things I asked about cream to use and was told a nappy cream but after almost a week its no better and I just wondered if anyone has any ideas how to "manage" this They should be able to give you a single dose tablet to help clear the thrush (never heard of nappy cream being a 'cure' ... because it isn't). I would be asking for a proper treatment from your GP. Unfortunately repeated doses of thrush can be an indicator and symptom of diabetes. Raised blood glucose levels can lead to outbreaks of thrush as the sugar puts your bacterial balance out of whack. The good news is that if you get your bloods better balanced (meds and/or a low carb diet should help) then the thrush outbreaks usually resolve. I've never used live yogurt to treat but I'm sure someone else here will have and can advise. Best of luck with getting effective treatment and relief. Thank you for replying. I am going back to the Doctors first thing Monday morning as they have a drop in surgery I really can not stand this much longer nappy cream in the bin. Canestan Duo, ( cream and tablet ) should sort out the thrush, and then, as above better control of blood glucose levels will help prevent re-occurrence! Get your doctor to do a swab for beta strep x (Just in case). Its treated with antibiotics. Sent from my KFTT using DCUK Forum mobile app Natural live yoghurt - eat it, and also apply it to the affected area. It balances the bacteria. High blood sugar is often the cause of thrush in diabetics. You need to cut down on yo Continue reading >>

How To Recognize, Avoid And Treat Oral Thrush

How To Recognize, Avoid And Treat Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is an infection that develops inside the mouth and on the tongue. This yeast infection is also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis. What causes it is the Candida albicansfungus which develops inside the mouth and cant be controlled. Moreover, it may appear in toddlers and infants if they have white bumps on the inside of their mouth. However, it can easily be treated. This complication is not a serious infection, but it can cause problems for people who have a weak immune system. So, before you decide whether you or your child have oral thrush, read more about the symptoms below. slight bleeding when you scrape the bumps However, if you are breastfeeding, your baby has a chance to transfer the infection to you, and the cycle will keep repeating itself. So, if your breasts are infected, here are the symptoms that the fungus can cause: strong sensitivity, itching, or pain in thenipples When the fungus known asC. albicansis uncontrollable, this infection appears. Usually, the immune system can avoid this and prevent many other microorganisms from creating problems, but when the immune system is in bad shape, it wont defend the body properly. Moreover, many treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can weaken the immune system and make it defenseless against oral thrush. Plus, diseases like AIDS, diabetes, leukemia, and HIV can also cause the same problem. When it comes to infants, they usually get this infection at birth, especially if the pregnant woman has a vaginal yeast infection. Both adults and children who have a weak immune system can develop this infection. Here is a list of all of those who are prone to this fungus. Those are the people who: use radiation, drugs to treat cancer or chemotherapy It is simple for your doctor to determine whether you hav Continue reading >>

Symptoms Of Diabetes Type 2: What You Should Know

Symptoms Of Diabetes Type 2: What You Should Know

Diabetes is not just about high blood sugar levels. That is just one of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. When we look at the causes of type 2 diabetes, we see that it is about having too much insulin and your body’s resistance to that insulin. It can take years for diabetes to reach the full blown lab parameters of blood sugar that it needs to reach for it to be classified as “diabetes”. Identifying the symptoms and taking immediate action could prevent more severe symptoms of type 2 diabetes. These are generally termed as “complications” of diabetes, like damage to kidneys, damage to eyes, cardiovascular problems and so on. Please note, these symptoms could be caused by other underlying medical conditions. Please use this guide to get a diagnostic lab test or consult a doctor, rather than self-diagnose yourself as a diabetic. Common Symptoms of Diabetes Type 2 Frequent Urination, Especially At Night The function of the kidney is to filter our blood, remove waste and reabsorbing nutrients so they are not lost. When there is excess glucose in the blood, it being a nutrient, the kidneys work extra hard to re-absorb the sugar back into the body. In this process, they are unable to reabsorb 100% of the sugar, resulting in some of the glucose “leaking” through the urine. Glucose “attracts” water wherever it is, it does so in the kidney as well, creating an excess volume of urine in diabetics. The thumb rule to remember is that this condition, called polyuria, is defined as producing more than 3 liters of urine per day. This abnormal loss of water from the body also makes you thirstier, leading to another common symptom of diabetes, frequent thirst. Frequent Or Excess Thirst Sugar has a tendency to draw water, the excess sugar in the blood pulls water from t Continue reading >>

Diabetes Causes Thrush

Diabetes Causes Thrush

Diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, increases the risk of multiple complications, including infections of oral thrush. Although oral thrush is a relatively common and mostly harmless yeast infection, the combination of thrush and diabetes can cause serious complications. An Overview of Diabetes Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, impairs the body’s ability to control levels of glucose, the sugar converted by body cells into energy. Consequently, blood sugar levels can rise to dangerously high levels. There are two varieties of diabetes, both of which increase the risk of oral yeast infections. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas loses the ability to manufacture insulin, the hormone that controls blood levels of glucose. Type 1 diabetes onset usually occurs in childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes is the most common variety of diabetes. The pancreas produces insulin in cases of type 2 diabetes, but one of two complications occurs: the body loses the ability to use insulin properly the pancreas produces insufficient insulin. Type 2 diabetes is also called adult onset diabetes, as the condition usually develops in adults. Changes in dietary habits and an increase in obesity have seen a rise of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, however. Thrush and Yeast Infections Thrush is the common name for yeast infections caused by the microorganism Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a common microorganism that is found on the mouth, digestive tract and skin of most people. Under normal circumstances, the body’s immune system keeps Candida albicans growth under control. Under certain circumstances, Candida growth can outpace the body’s ability to control the organism and yeast infections occur. Oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections are common yeast i Continue reading >>

Oral Thrush

Oral Thrush

Overview Oral thrush — also called oral candidiasis (kan-dih-DIE-uh-sis) — is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your mouth. Candida is a normal organism in your mouth, but sometimes it can overgrow and cause symptoms. Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on your tongue or inner cheeks. Sometimes oral thrush may spread to the roof of your mouth, your gums or tonsils, or the back of your throat. Although oral thrush can affect anyone, it's more likely to occur in babies and older adults because they have reduced immunity; in other people with suppressed immune systems or certain health conditions; or people who take certain medications. Oral thrush is a minor problem if you're healthy, but if you have a weakened immune system, symptoms may be more severe and difficult to control. Symptoms Children and adults Initially, you may not even notice symptoms of oral thrush. Signs and symptoms may include: Creamy white lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks, and sometimes on the roof of your mouth, gums and tonsils Slightly raised lesions with a cottage cheese-like appearance Redness, burning or soreness that may be severe enough to cause difficulty eating or swallowing Slight bleeding if the lesions are rubbed or scraped Cracking and redness at the corners of your mouth A cottony feeling in your mouth Loss of taste Redness, irritation and pain under dentures (denture stomatitis) In severe cases, usually related to cancer or a weakened immune system from HIV/AIDS, the lesions may spread downward into your esophagus — the long, muscular tube stretching from the back of your mouth to your stomach (Candida esophagitis). If this occurs, you may experience difficulty swallowing and pain or feel as if food is getting stuck in Continue reading >>

Thrush

Thrush

Tweet Thrush is a yeast infection (candida albicans) which tends to affect warm, moist areas of the body such as the vagina, penis, mouth and certain areas of skin. Thrush is more common in people with diabetes as high sugar levels lead to better conditions for the yeast to grow. A dry mouth coupled with a higher amount of glucose in the saliva can also make for favourable conditions for thrush. What causes thrush? High blood sugar levels is one of the main causes of thrush and so is an weakened immune system, which is also common in people with diabetes. Damaged or irritated skin also promotes the growth of thrush. Smoking increases the chance of oral thrush and certain oral contraceptives may cause vaginal thrush. Symptoms of thrush Vaginal thrush (vulvovaginal candidiasis) symptoms include: Soreness and irritation White curd appearance on the skin Pain during sexual intercourse White vaginal discharge Reddening of the vulva (the outer parts of the vagina) Itching around the vagina (infectious vaginitis) Oral thrush (oral candidiasis) symptoms include: A nasty or bitter taste Redness or bleeding inside the mouth Creamy white coloured patches (lesions) in the mouth (cheeks, lips, tongue or the back of the mouth) Painful and sore mouth (can include the throat) Cracks at the corners of the lips (angular cheilitis) Thrush in men (candida balanitis) Symptoms of thrush in men include: Reddening or swelling or soreness of the glans (head) of the penis Itching around the tip of the penis Discharge beneath the foreskin Nasty odour Pain during urination White curd-like appearance on the skin Candidal skin infections can also occur around folds of skin such as armpits and the groin. Is thrush a common problem? Thrush is a common problem and particularly for people with diabetes. Continue reading >>

Warning Signs And Symptoms Diabetes By Type

Warning Signs And Symptoms Diabetes By Type

The main symptoms of diabetes are increased urination (polyuria), thirst ( polydipsia) and tiredness. Common symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes: Excessive thirst Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour) Unexpected weight loss Nausea, perhaps vomiting Blurred vision In women, frequent vaginal infections Yeast infections (thrush) Slow-healing sores or cuts Itching skin, especially in the groin or vaginal area. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can develop quickly, over weeks or sometimes days. Type 2 diabetes often doesn’t cause symptoms and is identified on routine screening. Acanthosis nigricans as a warning sign This is a condition that results in the darkening and thickening of certain areas of the skin, especially in the skin folds. The skin becomes light brown or brown and is sometimes slightly raised and described as velvety. Most often the condition, which typically looks like a small wart, appears on the sides or back of the neck, the armpits, under the breast, and groin. Occasionally the top of the knuckles will have a particularly unusual appearance. Acanthosis nigricans usually affects people who are very overweight. There is no cure for acanthosis nigricans, but losing weight may improve the condition. Acanthosis nigricans usually precedes diabetes. There are other conditions that are also known to cause acanthosis nigricans, including acromegaly and Cushing syndrome. Acanthosis nigricans is a skin manifestation of insulin resistance in most people. Gestational diabetes Gestational diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar (glucose) levels that is first recognised during pregnancy. The condition occurs in approximately 14% of all pregnant women. It is usually diagnosed during routine screening before it causes any symptoms. Seek Continue reading >>

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