We are going to concern ourselves with Candida in terms of Vaginal Yeast Infections. We have found that there is relationship to Diabetes, as women suffering from Diabetes are generally more prone to recurring Candida infections. Bearing this in mind, the opposite may also be true, a woman suffering from recurring Candida infections could be unaware that she might be suffering from diabetes. Candida in the form of vaginal yeast infections is also the most common form of this illness.
Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection:
– Vaginal soreness and or itch
– Vaginal discharge, generally thick with a cottage cheese-like texture
– Discomfort or burning around the vaginal opening
– Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
Symptoms of Diabetes:
– Increased thirst
– Frequent urination
– Increase in appetite
– Unexplained tiredness and irritability
What Causes Candida Infections In Diabetic Patients?
One of the main causes of recurring Candida in diabetic patients is the fact that the immune system is weaker than in healthy patients. This is not a sexually transmitted disease! It is also common in adult male diabetics, although not the vaginal type. The illness may affect older people more often, but virtually every woman has experienced at least one episode of Candida. It is caused by the Candida fungi that is organically present in the body and is generally controlled by naturally occurring bacteria.
What to Do If You Are Suffering from Recurring Candida Infections
Firstly, don’t jump to conclusions and think you are suffering from Diabetes. If you have been suffering from recurring vaginal yeast infections, we recommend that you visit your medical professional and ask him to test your blood sugar. If he finds that you are suffering from diabetes, he will prescribe a treatment for both conditions. Once the blood sugar problem is properly under control it will be easier to treat the Candida infections. We have found that poorly controlled diabetes does lead to more chance of vaginal yeast infections.
Treatment for Diabetes
Both diabetes and vaginal yeast infections are not life threatening and can be controlled very simply. Your doctor will prescribe insulin and teach you how to test your own blood and measure the sugar levels. Once these sugar levels are under control you will be able to lead a normal healthy life.
Treatment for Vaginal Yeast Infection in Diabetic Women
In our opinion it is really just as simple to treat a diabetic woman for vaginal yeast infection, as it is a normal healthy woman. Of course, in the case of a diabetic woman, rather than self-medicate it is advisable to see a medical professional. For yeast infections it is advisable to stay on the anti-fungal treatment for a longer period than with other woman, but usually no more than fourteen days will ensure that the problem is cleared up.
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Twenty Reasons Why Porridge Is The Ultimate Health Food……..
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I must have my porriage every morning, summer and winter.
Good for you, plus keeps the tummy satisfied all morning.
Swirls of pure Canadian maple syrup all over the top…oh! so yummy!
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Twenty reasons why porridge is the ultimate health food……..
(I’m not sure why reason # 1 is at the top of this list. #20 comes first with me at my age! Alas, a cup of tea is more appealing when I first wake up in the morning. Then I’m wide awake so bound out of bed to prepare and enjoy my porridge)
1. IMPROVES SEX LIFE
Porridge oats can boost libido by helping to re-balance testosterone and oestrogen in the body. Testosterone drives sexual desire in both sexes. Men with low testosterone levels go off sex.
2. GOOD FOR HANGOVERS
Oats neutralise acidity levels in the body and help absorb toxins. Since a hangover is the result of the "poisonous" effects of alcohol, a bowl of porridge might help relieve the symptoms.
Porridge also contains one of the highest levels of soluble fibre of any cereal. Soluble fibre is essential for healthy digestion. Since alcohol depletes sugar levels, the slow-releasing carbohydrates in porridge help redress this.
3. HELPS QUIT SMOKING
Compounds in oats can help calm the nervous system and reduce the craving for nicotine.
4. HEALS THE SKIN
Bathing in oat-based solutions can help problem skin. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the anti-inflammatory compounds in porridge oats can help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fill a sock or stocking with porridge oats and place in water for 20 minutes while bathing.
5. FIGHTS INFECTION
Of all the cereals, porridge has the best proportion of protein needed for growth and repair in the body and to help boost the immune system.
6. FIGHTS HEART DISEASE
Many studies have shown that eating fibre-rich food such as porridge reduces the risk of heart disease. But scientists in the U.S. found that porridge contains avenanthramides – chemicals that stop blood cells sticking to artery walls, preventing the fatty deposits that cause heart disease.
7. REDUCES DIABETES RISK SLOWLY
Digested foods such as porridge might cut the risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes by absorbing sugar from the gut and cutting the need for large quantities of insulin to be released.
8. HELPS CONCENTRATION
The slow releasing complex carbohydrates in oats sustain energy levels, allowing full concentration to be maintained. Complex carbohydrates also stabilise and raise blood sugar levels.
9. BEATS DEPRESSION
Porridge is high in Vitamin B6, which promotes the brain chemical serotonin. High levels of serotonin are associated with feelings of well-being and also aid relaxation and restful sleep. Levels of serotonin dip when sunlight is limited – i.e. during winter – and can lead to the depressive condition Seasonal Affective Disorder.
10. BOOTS ENERGY
Porridge oats are high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, which means they release energy slowly. A bowl of porridge should provide all the energy you need until lunchtime.
11. CUTS CHILDHOOD OBESITY
A study of 10,000 children by researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that among those who regularly ate whole-oat products, the proportion of overweight children almost halved.
Researchers at Oxford Brookes University also found that those eating foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), such as porridge, were less likely to binge on sugary snacks. Foods with a low GI rating release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
12. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
Porridge is rich in soluble fibre, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol occurs when fat builds up and constricts the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart. Eating oats can improve blood flow and bind to cholesterol in the gut, aiding its removal from the body. Scientists think the cholesterol-lowering effects of oats are due to the oat soluble fibre beta-glucan.
13. PREVENTS CONSTIPATION
High-fibre foods such as porridge increase the movement of food through the digestive tract.
This increased bowel action provides a good environment for beneficial bacteria in the gut to ferment while decreasing levels of destructive bacteria.
14. FIGHTS OSTEOPOROSIS
Porridge oats are blended with milk, making an excellent source of calcium which is essential for bone health. Lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, which involves a loss of bone density and can make bones fragile.
15. CAN HELP DIETING
Porridge oats are 100 per cent natural, with no added sugar, salt or additives, and are naturally low in calories. An average bowl of porridge made with water contains 171 calories.
16. GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Porridge is a source of folic acid. Studies have shown that taking folic acid from before conception until the 12th week of pregnancy can reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida. Pregnant women need 400mcg of folic acid a day.
17. FIGHTS CANCER
Oats are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which protects the body from the damaging free radicals that can cause cancer. A diet high in soluble fibre foods such as porridge oats might also help reduce the chances of developing bowel, colon and breast cancer.
18. CONTAINS ESSENTIAL MINERALS
Porridge is a good source of manganese, which is essential in allowing the body to produce energy as well as helping to build bones and connective tissue. It also contains zinc, which is needed for normal growth, sexual development and reproduction, and a healthy immune system.
19. REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE
A daily serving of oats can improve blood pressure control and reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication, according to U.S. researchers – 73 per cent of those fed a wholegrain oat-based cereal (containing 3g of soluble fibre) stopped or reduced their blood pressure medication by half.
20. COULD HELP LONG LIFE
Britain’s longest living man, David Henderson, from Montrose, Scotland, who died in 1998 at 109, attributed his age and good health to a daily bowl of porridge. This could be because the lipids present in oats contain a good balance of essential fatty acids which have been linked to longevity and general good health.
Research by: Angela Epstein
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