A condition of high blood sugar level, also known as hyperglycemia, is the primary reason why diabetes and recurring Candida are often highly correlated in most patients. Hyperglycemia may be caused by diabetes, stress, dietary imbalance, or lack of sleep. Diabetes is the most common reason for hyperglycemia.
Candidiasis is an infection caused by overgrowth of a yeasty fungus called Candida albicans. People infected with Candidiasis often experience itching, burning, and irritation in the genitals, cottage-cheese-like discharge from genitals, painful intercourse and pain during urination. Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as just diabetes, is a disease where the blood has higher sugar (glucose) levels than a normal human being or what is termed as ‘tolerable’ count of glucose. A ‘tolerable’ limit is one at which the body is able to function properly without any intrusion from the sugar present in blood.
You may be diabetic because –
· Your body is unable to manufacture the required amount of insulin by itself
· Your body doesn’t accept the insulin secreted in your blood – i.e. doesn’t respond to blood insulin.
How does diabetes affect the body?
If you are diabetic, then your body experiences the following impacts of elevated blood sugar level-
· Lowered immunity – hyperglycemia is seen to have an adverse impact on the functioning of leukocytes as the threshold of bacteria translocation in the blood stream is seen to fall.
· Polydipsia – increased thirst.
· Polyuria – frequent urination.
· Polyphagia – increased hunger.
· Change in pH – exhibited in the blood and the secretions in your body.
· Presence of sugar in your urine.
What connects diabetes and recurring Candida?
Firstly, the Candida albicans feeds itself on sugar. So, high sugar in blood and bodily secretions can nourish the Candida beyond limits and cause its rapid multiplication. pH of a normal person is such that it keeps the Candida under check. However, as hyperglycemia changes the pH of the secretions of the body, the Candida has practically no hindrance in its way. Increased hunger causes you to take in unnecessary food, usually in the form of sugar and carbohydrate which again feed the Candida.
Secondly, when Candidiasis sets in due to overgrowth of Candida, your immunological defence is already compromised by your diabetic condition, as mentioned. So your body cannot control the infection. As you urinate more frequently, and your urine contains sugar, it also feeds the infection-causing Candida every time you urinate. Hyperglycemia is also known to augment the capability of the Candida to attach itself to the vaginal epithelial layer, thus intensifying an existing infection.
Even when you try to kill the existing Candida by using anti-fungal agents, it keeps recurring as your root cause was diabetes in the first place, which you have failed to keep under check.
What can you do?
Keep your blood sugar in control. Exercise, do regular check-ups and resist the temptation for sugary food.
Consume naturally anti-microbial food such as such as raw, chopped, fresh garlic, plain, unheated, and unprocessed yoghurt with no added sugar or other additives, pure coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and turmeric. You can also apply garlic topically by wrapping it in cheesecloth or you can apply plain yoghurt in the affected areas. Boost your immunity by taking in vitamins and minerals. Do not consume fruits and vegetables rich in fructose and starch (carrot, potato, mangoes) or you can consume them very negligibly.
Applying chemical anti-fungal agents may help temporarily, but the Candida will quickly develop resistance and you will be back to square-one – this time with harmful side effects.
While diabetes may be an important reason behind a recurring Candidiasis, it should be kept in mind that several other factors such as dietary imbalance, lack of sleep, stress, hygiene factors, and hormonal fluctuations also contribute to Candida overgrowth. To keep these under check, you have to follow the holistic approach of treating Candidiasis which addresses all the factors naturally and leads to a stronger system. If eliminating Candida forever is what you are looking at, holistic treatment is what you should adopt. It causes no side effects and treating holistically eliminates Candidiasis forever. Holistic treatment is the best as it restores your overall well-being apart from alleviating yeast infections completely and naturally.