coffee and CIDP

Four Reasons Why Coffee May Not Be So Good if You Have CIDP

High consumption of caffeine may make your CIDP symptoms worse as it may trigger a whole range of bodily disorder that exacerbates your autoimmune problem.

By Shiraz Abbas

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by damage to the peripheral nerves through inflammation. Too much caffeine consumption may not be a good idea for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases.

Most of our blogs here at the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group of California have dealt with CIDP, neuropathy and nutrition. We cannot stress the environmental, especially nutritional role that factor into the whole range of our modern diseases. For this reason, we are trying to target nutritional disorders (one by one) that contribute to our sickness. High caffeine consumption seems to be one of them.

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Here are four reasons why coffee or high caffeine consumption may be exacerbating your autoimmune disease or more specifically, your CIDP:

1.  Coffee or high caffeine consumption may mess up your blood sugar. The first thing that comes to your mind is the high sugar content of coffee when we drink it. Yes, high sugar consumption may lead to neuropathy, but there is another reason why coffee can mess up your blood sugar. Caffeine can impair your insulin action in your body. For people who have autoimmune diseases, coffee can cause higher insulin spikes in the body thus making your overall insulin sensitivity go down over time. Once this happens, your body is less adept at dealing with sugar thus exacerbating your CIDP. The link between sugar and autoimmune diseases is clear.

2. High caffeine can disrupt your sleep. We know that lack of sleep may impair a person’s immunity and thus contribute or potentially lead to an autoimmune disease.

3. We know that stress may contribute to CIDP. One of the reasons is that stress produces cortisol in the body. If cortisol is released chronically in the body, it can lead to a compromised immune function. Unfortunately, for people under mental stress, caffeine may stimulate cortisol secretion in the body.

4. Caffeine may also mess up your gut acidity in the form of additional hydrochloric acid (HCI) and thus lead to the bad kind of bacteria development. We have already written on how bad gut bacteria may contribute or even lead to CIDP.

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.

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