Diabetic Women Can Control Feminine Health Better by Balancing Yeast and Bacteria According to Machelle Seibel, M.D.
For women with diabetes, a study published in FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology found that oral probiotics, taken regularly, can resolve the majority of feminine issues.
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maintaining good feminine health can be more difficult for women living with diabetes. Yeast cells are nourished and multiply due to vaginal secretions containing elevated amounts of glucose, or sugar, in the blood. To counter this challenge, optimal vaginal health occurs when there is a healthy balance of lactobacillus, yeast, and other bacteria.
“Women living with diabetes must achieve healthy blood sugar levels and maintain optimal vaginal levels of healthy lactobacillus to avoid an overgrowth of yeast by balancing yeast and bacteria to keep vaginal flora in a normal range,” says Dr. Machelle Seibel, Editor of My Menopause Magazine, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts.
For women with diabetes, a study published in FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology found that oral probiotics, taken regularly, can resolve the majority of feminine issues. However, women have tried various lactobacillus supplements (i.e. acidophilus) and even yogurt in an effort to help with feminine issues. In addition, pregnant women with gestational diabetes and an unbalanced vaginal pH are more likely to develop vaginal infections that lead to premature birth, a risk that can be reduced by balancing vaginal pH.
“Probiotics are used for digestion and immunity, but it’s important to understand the different strains of lactobacillus available and use the one that most suits your needs. RepHresh Pro-B contains two patented and clinically tested vaginal strains of probiotic lactobacillus (flora), L. rhamnosus GR-1™ and L. reuteri RC-14™, to maintain healthy vaginal flora, balancing lactobacillus, yeast, and other bacteria daily,” says Seibel. “Pro-B has been shown to be effective either by placing them directly into the vagina or indirectly through taking them by mouth, which is a potential advantage in pregnancy. It’s also helpful to wear loose fitting clothes and avoid tight, occlusive clothing like nylons.”
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