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Q:

Can diabetes cause yeast infections?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Yes, having diabetes increases your risk of yeast infections. But it’s not the diabetes that causes it, but rather the high blood glucose levels that you can have because of the diabetes. High blood glucose levels allow microorganisms, such as yeast, to grow more easily. Also, when blood glucose levels are high, your body’s ability to fight off infections is lowered. The best way to prevent yeast infections is to keep blood glucose levels within target range most of the time -- that target would usually be under 130 before meals. If you currently think you have a yeast infection, it would be a good idea to talk to your primary care provider about treating it.

January 1, 2012 at 10:04 am