Hi there, Eric Bakker again with another FAQ regarding yeast infections.
Are there any health conditions that increase my chances of contracting a yeast infection?
Well the main one I’m thinking about is diabetes. And I’ve spoken about diabetes on previous videos. Diabetes can predispose you toward yeast infections because being a diabetic with poorly controlled blood sugar can mean that you’ve got a high urinary output of glucose. And of course as we know, sugar feeds a yeast infection, and that can certainly provoke a vaginal yeast infection. So be sure to get the urine checked out for glucose and to get regular blood monitoring done. High levels of blood sugar can predispose you to yeast infections in different parts of your body. You might need some blood testing, some glucose tolerance testing or some blood testing to see how stable your blood sugar is may be a good idea.
Having a poor immunity can predispose you to a yeast infection by increasing your susceptibility and lowering your resistance. I’ve spoken about this on other videos as well. So by having a strong immune system, it will make you more bullet proof against the yeast infection.
Take for example somebody with Hepatitis or who is HIV positive, they have a much easier chance of getting a yeast infection because it increases susceptibility. But also people who develop glandular fever or have recurring coughs or colds or poor adrenal health, they, too, can be more prone toward yeast infections.
Same with thyroid patients, patients with hyper or hypothyroidism may have compromised immunity, predisposing them. People I see with nutritional deficiencies, a vitamin D deficiency, iodine deficiency; iodine and iron, both those elements can predispose you toward a yeast infection.
So as you see, there are many different reasons or conditions you can have which can predispose you toward a yeast infection. If in doubt, be sure to go to your naturopath or integrated doctor and get checked out.
You can read a lot more about these topics and more in my book, Candida Crusher. Be sure to do my online survey on yeastinfection.org, that will give you a good idea what direction you’re heading into.
So I hope that answers your question. Thank you.