mrs.candida;38301 wrote: Diet: I have always considered myself to be a healthy eater. I come from overweight parents, so I’ve always been hyper aware of diet. That being said, I was a vegetarian most of my life (ages 15-30) Im sure this lead to increased carb intake. However I’ve always fought my sweet tooth, I have pretty good will power and my mothers a type 2 diabetic so I have been fearful of eating too much sugar my whole life.
Health: I remember my mother giving me vagisil for vaginal itching around age 5. I had my tonsils out at age 4, so that could be something. In my teens I had problems sleeping, dry inflamed skin, and depression then as I hit my 20’s a constant yeast infection that lasted a decade. So I don’t ever remember a time of good health.
I also have a LOT of metal fillings from the 80’s probably about 9, so this is concerning to me.
Medications… I have never used antibiotics excessively. I have used prescription strength Motrin, way too much. I remember taking my dads prescription in high school, for every little ailment. So I can figure I made some nice holes in my digestive tract back in my teens.
Never been on birth control.
Looking at your history, Mrs. C, I’m sure you’ll agree that there doesn’t appear to be any more of a reason to explain a Candida overgrowth than with the average person who has never had the problem.
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, two independent research teams discovered that genetic mutations in two proteins involved in the pathway responsible for recognition of fungal beta-glucans substantially impaired the immune system’s ability to control fungi. What this means is, if these mutations are in your family genes, then you would have an increased risk for fungal yeast problems.
Considering the possible problems you had with yeast at such an early age, Mrs. C, I’m afraid my money is on the genetic mutation being your Achilles’ heel. But I believe a lot of people have this mutation in their family history, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t cure your infestation, it would only mean you’re a little more susceptible to contracting a problem.
It would probably prove interesting if you were able to look at the medical history of your ancestors, but then wouldn’t we all love to do that.