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.
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Yeast thrives in warm moist areas so yeast infections can occur in several places:
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:
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 Continue reading