Vaginal yeast infections in diabetic women

S Afr Med J. 1993 Oct;83(10):727-9.


Two hundred and three diabetic women (89 with and 114 without genital symptoms) were examined for the presence of yeasts and Trichomonas vaginalis. Yeasts were isolated from the vaginas of 35.5% of patients and were more common in the symptomatic group (48.0%) than the asymptomatic group (25.4%; P < 0.05). Candida albicans was isolated from 12.8% of all patients and showed a significant association with pruritus vulvae (P < 0.05). A significant association was also shown between the presence of yeasts in the rectum and in the vagina. C. glabrata (Torulopsis glabrata) was the commonest yeast species isolated (50.0%), with C. albicans the next most frequent (36.1%). T. vaginalis infection was present in 14.3% of all subjects.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Candida / isolation & purification
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / etiology*
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth / microbiology
  • Rectum / microbiology
  • Trichomonas Vaginitis / etiology
  • Vagina / microbiology