Chronic Candida Yeast Infections May Be Hereditary

candida-linked-genetics-heredityAlthough there has been some evidence that suggested chronic yeast infections or candidiasis “runs in the family”, there has never been much scientific evidence until recently.

Researchers in the Netherlands and the UK, working independently, have discovered two genetic mutations that seem to cause people to have a higher rate of fungal infection which is usually caused by Candida.  The genetic mutations involve missing proteins that basically help the body’s immune system to recognize fungal cells as threats.

In people with the mutations the immune system doesn’t recognize fungal cells as foreign which allows Candida cells to grow unchecked resulting in chronic infection and even system wide infection in severe cases.

This sheds a lot of light on the causes of candidiasis as it was once believed that poor diet and antibiotics were primarily responsible for Candida overgrowth. Now we know that some people are possibly genetically prone to getting infections. This information will allow researchers to better understand how the immune system works against fungal invaders and this knowledge could lead them to the discovery of some type of vaccine.


Since some people can’t naturally fight off Candida because of their genetics, then it is extremely important for those people to follow a Candida eliminating diet if they wish to be free from chronic yeast infections. These diets can be pretty restrictive but being free from the debilitating effects of Candida will be worth it.

Further research is needed, but this certainly confirms the link between Candida, genetics and heredity.



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7 comments on “Chronic Candida Yeast Infections May Be Hereditary
  1. Andrea says:


    This post was incredibly interesting! I am about a week into discovering that all of the bizarre symptoms that I have been experiencing are related to Candida overgrowth! Crazy. The strangest part is that my mom has most of these syptoms, as well, and is being bounced around from doc to doc with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I am blogging about my Candida experience and will be sharing my progress with my mom, now!


  2. admin says:

    Great Andrea! It would be nice if you share your experience with us too by using the “Share your story” part of the site… Here’s to your health!

  3. patricia says:

    how can i contac whit them?,i a had been sufering 21 years systematic candida (intestinal))and i near has caused me hashimotto hypotyrodism and severe father alwasys has it and i think could be genetic


  4. Evan says:

    What are the mutations? Why not provide links?

  5. Editor says:

    Hi Evan, There is a link. See “source” at the end of the article.

  6. sarah says:

    i Also have systemic candida, from a young age , so now 30 years !! my nan had it to, also my mom and now my son has all the nasty symptoms ! i hate it when drs say its carnt be genetic, because if that was so, why would all my family have it :/ i think candida is the hardest things to beat , and as i have been unwell so long ive had to resort in taking antidepressents, that was before i nearly took my own life ! candida is a life destroying health condition if left untreated, easy if you have a mild case, but if your born with it and its genetic, i feel your screwed ! well nothings worked for me, and my nan died from un explained heart problem , which candida had caused, so what chance do i have 🙁

  7. Keely says:

    My mom has hashimotos and other symptoms of yeast overgrowth, thyroid issues and autoimmune setbacks… My yeast related issues began after around the age of 30 ( I am 39) now .. I have two children with extreme ” exczema” .. That is what I was told .. Just recently I decided to put my nystatin cream on my daughters rashes, since none of the exczema creams were working … Took it away in 12 hours!! Then I began to track foods that would bring it on … All yeasty sugary foods ! So now I am pregnant with my third .. And my question is .. Is there a way to make sure I don’t pass this on again, or is it in my body, so therefore in the fetus … ? Too many coincidences for it not to be hereditary