From time to time I have been asked about the relationship between candida and Graves disease. Although there appears to be a stronger connection between yeast infections and hypothyroid conditions, people with Graves’ disease are more susceptible to yeast infections, and the reverse may also be true, which I will explain in this article.
Before talking about this connection, I would first like to explain what candida is. Candida is a type of yeast, and one of the most common yeast strains that can affect health is candida albicans. However, in a healthy person, this organism is not usually a problem. The reason for this is that healthy gut flora will normally keep these harmful organisms at bay. But when the health of the intestinal flora is compromised, this can lead to a yeast infection. One of the most common ways that the intestinal flora is compromised is when someone takes antibiotics. While antibiotics are sometimes necessary, they kill not only harmful bacteria, but helpful microorganisms as well. And when someone takes antibiotics multiple times, this only adds to the problem.
So when a person overuses antibiotics, it will kill the “good bacteria” in the gut, leaving the person more susceptible to a yeast infection. This yeast infection will in turn affect the health of the immune system. And for someone who has a genetic marker for Grave’s disease, this may very well act as a trigger for this condition. While this is probably not one of the main reasons people develop Graves’ disease, it is something to consider and is why sometimes even a simple yeast infection cannot be overlooked.
Can having Graves disease cause yeast infection?
Similarly, if someone already has Graves’ disease, this can potentially lead to the development of a candida infection. After all, Graves’ disease is a condition of autoimmune hyperthyroidism, so the compromised immune system can make someone more susceptible to a candida infection. This is yet another reason why someone with Graves’ disease should want to do more than take prescription drugs for an extended period of time or receive radioactive iodine. While these conventional medical treatment methods are sometimes necessary, they do nothing for the compromised immune system.
In addition to taking antibiotics and having a poorly functioning immune system, other factors can lead to the development of yeast infection. A person’s diet can play an important role in their overall health, and a high-carbohydrate diet will also make someone more likely to develop yeast infections. Ideally, eat less than 200 grams of carbohydrates a day, and less than 150 grams a day would be even better. While this may be difficult to keep track of, you really should make an effort to do it for about a week.
How to Permanently Cure a Candida Infection
So how do you permanently cure a yeast infection? Not surprisingly, the conventional medical approach is to administer prescription drugs. Although this is sometimes necessary to help with a yeast infection, just keep in mind that this will do nothing for the underlying cause of the condition. For example, if someone took antibiotics and then developed a yeast infection, giving them a fungicide may help with yeast infection, but it will not fix problems with the intestinal flora, so the person is likely to develop another yeast infection. in the future. To cure the condition and prevent another candida infection from occurring, one would want to replenish the intestinal flora through the use of probiotics and other supplements, minimize refined foods and sugars, etc. If the person needs to take antibiotics again, it would be a good idea to take probiotics while taking the antibiotics.
If poor immunity was the main cause behind the development of the candida infection, then it would be necessary to address this in order to cure the candida infection. Of course, improving the health of the immune system would also benefit Graves’ disease, and it is something that most endocrinologists never do.
So hopefully, after reading this, you will have a better understanding of the relationship between a candida infection and Graves’ disease. Having candida can affect your gut and immune system, potentially triggering an autoimmune condition like Graves’ disease. And if someone has a compromised immune system, as is the case with Graves’ disease, this can make someone more susceptible to developing yeast infection. Either way, the goal should be to get to the underlying cause of the condition to cure the candida and prevent future yeast infections from developing.