Last updated September 7, 2017 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Are More People Getting Yeast Infections?

Woman with a yeast infection

Several studies over the past 10-20 years have noted the increased incidence of yeast infections. To put it simply, yeast infections are becoming more and more common among women of all ages. And this applies equally to vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, and yeast-related skin rashes. If you have suffered from recurrent yeast infections yourself, or you know someone who has, you might be interested to find out that one of the major causes for this is actually the modern Western diet.

The rise in yeast infections has coincided with an increase in diabetes and an explosion in obesity. So what’s the common factor in all of these? Many people are surprised to hear that the amount of exercise we do is not the answer. In fact, studies have shown that children these days actually do a similar amount of exercise to kids 50 years ago. The one factor that actually contributes to all three of these illnesses is… Sugar.

You might not even realize it, but unless you are really watching what you eat your diet is probably full of sugar. And I’m not talking about just an occasional spoonful of sugar in your cup of coffee. What I’m really talking about is the mountains of ‘hidden’ sugars that we consume in other foods. Foods like processed meats, yogurts, salad dressings, and ‘fat-free’ desserts.

Here is one example of a ‘healthy’ Subway meal. A 12 inch, ‘Ultimate Veggie with Avocado’ sandwich, served on Honey Oat bread, contains 32 grams of sugar. Add a can of coke and two cookies, and you could be consuming over 110 grams of sugar. That’s the equivalent of 27 sugar cubes! So you can see that however much sugar you might be adding to your coffee or cereal, it doesn’t even compare to the hidden sugar in the foods that we eat.

It wasn’t always this way. The amount of sugar that we eat really began to rise after the US government began to subsidize corn production in the 1970s. This led to overproduction, and much of the surplus was turned into a cheap-to-produce sugar named High Fructose Corn Syrup. That’s the very same High Fructose Corn Syrup that you see on so many food labels in today’s supermarkets. It’s cheaper than regular sugar, it satisfies our sugar cravings, and it enables the food producers to label their products as ‘low-fat’ when they should really be labeled ‘high-sugar’.

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But why is sugar so important for Candida anyway, and how does this lead to yeast infections? The answer lies in how the Candida yeast cells build their cell walls and multiply. They need energy to do this, and they get this energy from the sugars and simple carbohydrates that we eat. More sugar in your intestines means more energy for the Candida colonies to expand, multiply and spread to different parts of your body. In fact, Candida has the ability to spread up and down your entire digestive tract. This leads to both oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections.

Hopefully you are beginning to see how a high-sugar diet might be contributing to your Candida overgrowth or recurrent yeast infections. In the treatment plan that I designed with Dr. Eric Wood, we go into lots of detail on the changes you need to make to your diet to correct this. The Ultimate Candida Diet plan contains comprehensive lists of Foods to Avoid, Foods to Eat and some delicious recipes, as well as printable shopping lists that you can take to the store with you.

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Comments

  1. Aimee R says:

    My holistic doctor thinks I have yeast overgrowth given my symptoms, however when I go to the gyno and they do a vaginal culture (b/c of recurrent irritation and itching), the culture only shows a minimal amount of yeast. They say it is bacterial vaginosis and not a yeast infection. Does that make sense? Does this mean I probably don’t have a Candida problem?

    1. sea88 says:

      Hello Aimee-
      I understand your frustration! I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever approx. 2 years ago. Well due to the fact that the majority of physicians DO NOT have any idea how to treat Lyme or other tick-borne related diseases, I had to take matters into my own hands..I have always had some knowledge in antibiotics and other medications, so I had no choice but to research and research until I put the best reputable knowledge compiled together to create a treatment plan of my own…well that included SEVERAL different antibiotics over a period of several months…my symptoms then took a vicious turn towards yeast, beginning with vaginal yeast infections, thrush (candida of the mouth/throat), nail fungus, sinus problems, AND the putrid smell of yeast coming through the pores of my skin throughout my entire body….among dozens of other symptoms. During this time, I went to my ob/gyn as well, as my vaginal yeast infections have been going on now for over a year straight. I explained all I had been through to my ob/gyn, and tried to tell her that I knew that I had a continuous non-stop vaginal yeast infection ever since I started the antibiotics for the Lyme and RMSF…my ob/gyn checked me as well, took a culture and found it negative for yeast (which I knew was totally insane) , as we as women whom have had previous vaginal yeast infections know when they are there, I mean it’s just no ignoring it! But I have had to live with it now for over a year…I have tried the best probiotics out there 100 billion units! Did nothing…my diet is not very well though, and I am preparing myself for the “Candidia Cure”..(VERY strict diet) I have been on Diflucan for over a year as well…didn’t work (obviously)…Nystatin causes so much die-off that I feel like dying, AND the candida has infected my entire body…i.e. muscles, nerves, brain, etc, AND I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (lol) as I do not believe in that particular diagnosis! But I know exactly where you are coming from….I am not a doctor, thank God, I’m not, since they are governed under the CDC (government) as I feel that there is a conspiracy going on..somehow there has been a strain of yeast released that is undetectable, and scary..after all, if we all were healthy, we wouldn’t need doctors, right? And we wouldn’t need pharmaceutical companies, right? And we wouldn’t need the FDA..and so on and so on…No one would be making $$$$…so the system is set up to keep us sick, and insult our intelligence in the meantime…I would suggest to you that you cut out all sugar ALL sugar, get on a good antifungal , and probiotic, and research, research…because if we think that mainstream drs. are going to help us…we are most definitely WRONG!! Get yourself healthy (diet wise), build your immune system, and see what happens. Hope this helps! P.S. I have heard of women inserting garlic cloves into the vagina to kill the yeast, haven’t tried it, but just may work since it is an antifungal…pure virgin coconut oil is good as well, but since you are seeing a holistic, I would think you already know this..Good luck and God Bless!

      1. littleboot says:

        I agree with you 100%! I have mass problems with candida all from lyme disease and nothing makes it better. I was off antibiotics for a year and a half, took Diflucan everyday, probiotics in the hundreds of billions, grapefruit seed extract, no sweets, and anything else that would help and I still couldnt/can’t get rid of it (or the lyme). Never thought about the government releasing an incurable yeast strain, but it certainly makes sense since Lyme was man made in Plum Island, NY (in my opinion) and mainstream medicine refuses to treat Lyme patients even though they know there is a major epidemic. I really hope I don’t have to live with these 2 horrors the rest of my life…..

  2. Sandy says:

    I was diagnosed with a yeast infection that had was ” in every cell of your body”. This diagnosis was not from a culture or blood work but from my acupuncturist! I showed him Lisa’s ultimate Candida diet and he told me toget busy that day and to follow it to T. And I would suggest the same and also add “you must follow through with it and it could take a year”. Do not do what I did and 6 months down the road try a morsel. It was difficult for me to get back on track.

    Not all holistic doctors are the same because of of their interest but also where and what they practiced. I had been to many different holistic doctors or Nautropathic doctors (moved around a lot) and none have helped me like my two acupuncturist helped.

    So follow Lisa’s diet faithfully and you WILL see a difference. Good Luck

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