COM­MON CAUSES

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Three com­mon risk fac­tors for can­dida over­growth are: • An­tibi­otics, es­pe­cially re­peat cour­ses of broad-spec­trum an­tibi­otics, as these of­ten kill the ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria that keep can­dida in check. • A diet high in sugar and re­fined car­bo­hy­drates. • A high-stress life­style – stress can raise your blood sugar as well as weaken the im­mune sys­tem, which un­der­mines your body’s nat­u­ral de­fences against a can­dida over­growth.

Other life­style fac­tors that have been con­nected to in­creased can­dida pop­u­la­tions are high al­co­hol con­sump­tion, tak­ing oral con-

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