Sometimes, you can get the diet and exercise right, and it seems like you’re still not losing weight—sometimes, candidiasis is to blame. A very common infection that ends up affecting many people, candidiasis can inhibit weight loss in addition to making you sick. However, once you and your doctor figure out that candidiasis is what’s afflicting you, it’s quick and easy to treat.
What is Candidiasis?
Candidiasis refers to a fungal infection that is more commonly known as a yeast infection. It most commonly manifests as oral thrush or a vaginal yeast infection. One of the symptoms is the inability to lose weight, but there are also several outwardly obvious symptoms to watch out for. The skin of the affected area may become irritable, itchy, and red; this is particularly true for infections that affect the genital area. If you’re dealing with candidiasis in your mouth, your tongue may develop white bumps that look like cottage cheese. Typically, candidiasis is mild and can be easily treated. In some cases, it becomes systemic and can be life-threatening.
How Candidiasis Slows Weight Loss
Sticking with a diet can be difficult if you have systemic candidiasis. Because of the constant growth and presence of yeast, the yeast often determines what you crave. Yeast feeds off of sugar and other simple carbohydrates, leading you to consume many empty and unhealthy calories.
Furthermore, the yeast depends on your body and your consumption of food to continue thriving. If you try to diet, your body may have an extreme reaction to the reduced amount of food you’re eating. When your body believes that it’s starving, it goes into starvation mode—your metabolism becomes sluggish, your body holds onto all the fat and calories it can store, and your weight loss comes to a standstill. In many cases, you even gain weight.
When the yeast has such a strong hold on your system and how it reacts to weight loss, it’s important to get medical help—a doctor can get you the treatment you need to get rid of your yeast infection and get your weight loss back on track.
Treating and Preventing Candidiasis
If you suspect that you have a yeast infection, don’t try to self-treat. In some cases, what appears to be a yeast infection is actually another type of infection or a mix of infections. If that’s what you’re facing, treatments used for yeast infections won’t help. You could do more harm than good, since yeast can become resistant to common candidiasis drugs. See your doctor, who will confirm that you have candidiasis. Once it’s confirmed, you will probably take pills or other anti-fungal drugs.
Prevention of further yeast infections is much easier than dealing with a cure. Clean your teeth and mouth regularly and limit your consumption of yeasty, sugary foods. To prevent vaginal yeast infections, wear loose-fitting clothes and maintain good hygiene.
If you think candidiasis is affecting your weight and weight loss, don’t wait another day! Talk to your doctor and figure out what you need to do to get healthy again.