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Hey ladies: a new health benefit for low-carb dieters

Bookmark and Share You'll be happy to learn that your low-carb diet may be doing more than just whittling your waistline. Limiting your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates may reduce your risk for vaginal yeast infections. "Yeast thrives on sugar," says Gwen Baile, CNM, a Virtua Health certified nurse midwife who has been practicing in the Gloucester County area for more than 20 years. "In fact, I treat more patients with yeast infections around holidays like Easter and Christmas when women are eating more candy and desserts." In addition to limiting sugar, women can also reduce their risk by wearing cotton underwear and loose-fitting pants and by showering immediately after swimming or exercising.