How CIDP May Be Slowing Your Brain
CIDP is a chronic inflammatory disease. Chronic inflammation has been associated with at least four kinds of mental decline.
By Shiraz Abbas
Last week we saw how CIDP could be linked to weight gain as a result of hormonal changes due to inflammation. This week we’re going to look at the link between CIDP, brain inflammation and mental decline.
Inflammation is at the root of many of our health problems. Chronic inflammation, which CIDP patients suffer from, not only affects the body but it can also affects the mind and its cognition.
Recent studies have shown that the mind and the immune system are related bi-directionally, and as such, inflammation in the body also affects inflammation in the brain.
As inflammation can also initiate an inflammatory response in the brain, neurological inflammation can cause some change in our cognition and emotions.
Synchro Life lists four possible effects of brain inflammation:
Brain Fog: this is when you have difficulties paying attention and your brain just gets tired easily.
Memory Impairment: evidence show that when the brain is inflamed, memory recollection and formation is impaired.
Depression: Synchro Life writes that:
This may be another example of an evolutionarily-derived response gone haywire. As I mentioned in the previous article, the immune system down-regulates energy metabolism and pain tolerance during an inflammatory response to discourage the animal (in this case, us) from going out and foraging in a time of vulnerability. It now seems that depression in the individual might be part of the same response.
Regardless, what the evolutionary reason is, neurological inflammation has recently been closely correlated with depression. These studies are relatively recent, so I expect knowledge here will expand quite a bit in the coming years.
Alzheimer’s: As we age, neurological inflammation increases. But neurological inflammation has been linked to the progression of the disease.
A 2009 study found that systematic inflammation was associated with progression in Alzheimer’s disease.
If you suffer from CIDP, it is important that you adopt proper medication to reduce inflammation in your body and follow a diet and lifestyle that can lessen inflammatory responses in your body.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.