I got thrush exactly a month ago and was the first time. I have just gotten it again. My doctor said it is common in diabetics and I would like to know what is causing it and how to prevent getting this again. It is the most horrible pain and I cannot eat or sleep. Please help!

Patty Bonsignore


Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth, and as you found, is very painful. Yeast organisms are in the environment naturally, but only become a problem if they overgrow. The reason yeast can overgrow in one with diabetes is that it likes a moist environment high in glucose, as can be found in the mouth and in the genital area. Keeping blood glucose levels well controlled is one way to control yeast infections. Also, ask your doctor about taking a probiotic to help prevent these infections. Probiotics help your healthy organisms fight off the yeast organisms. Yeast overgrowth can also occur after inhaled steroid use or with antibiotic use. There are oral anti-fungal medications that you can take to help treat this current infection. Make sure to ask your doctor about all of these things.

July 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

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eyafanel 2014-12-31 22:22:53 -0600 Report

I have been told that eating yogurt daily will prevent thrush. I would definitely go with plain, low fat yogurt. I find sprinkling some Crystal Light into a serving flavors it perfectly!

MicNeil 2014-10-16 03:06:00 -0500 Report

Doc called me in after my last A1c because"he was baffled". My A1c is down to 6.0…from 6.5 A1c five months ago. That was the good News. However, my blood insulin was reading 340 (he said normal was 50 - 60). So this was showing extreme insulin resistance…my pancreas was flooding my system with insulin. He said that extreme flood of insulin to my system is what causes problems for diabetics. So even tho my A1c reading is down below what is considered diabetic, I'm still pre-diabetic because of this high blood insulin reading.

He wanted to know what I was doing differently…Nothing: same diet, same exercise,… am always fatigued, which I have been for a long time. Have been having spine and hip pain which I'm having looking into but no results yet. (Previously diagnosed with degenerating spin…but whose isn't when they reach 70 yrs ) Had my annual Carotid check and apparently I'm needing those cleaned out here shortly. Had been on a short antibiotic series for bronchial flareup.

Trying to figure this out. Every time I google high blood insulin or insulin resistance, I get a bunch of info about blood sugar…which isn't the problem nor what I'm looking for. Does anyone know what a 340 reading of pancreatic insulin into the blood means?? …anyone had this experience…any ideas on how to stop it?