The Role of Diabetes in CIDP Inflammation
Type 2 diabetes can lead to inflammation of the nerves and make CIDP inflammation worse.
By Shiraz Abbas
Type 2 diabetes can play an important role in bringing about or making CIDP neuropathy worse. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a person doesn’t produce enough insulin, or more commonly, the body is not able to use insulin properly.
This usually means that the person is suffering from insulin resistance where the body is resisting insulin so the body has to produce more insulin to force itself into the cells.
Insulin is important as it is the transport mechanism in the body that delivers nutrients to cells. When people consume food too much throughout the day (i.e. more than two-three meals a day with snacks), or regularly consume refined foods that spike insulin at too high of a level, the body will protect itself from too much insulin by bringing about insulin resistance.
Insulin Resistance and Inflammation
As type 2 diabetes progresses, insulin resistance begins to lead to inflammation. However, this can lead to a dangerous cycle because inflammation itself also increases insulin resistance in the body thereby progressively on-setting worse forms of diabetes.
The inflammation that results from insulin resistance can wreak havoc in the body. It can damage the peripheral nerves and lead to diabetic neuropathy. It can also makes CIDP inflammation worse and further damage the peripheral nervous system.
How To Reduce Inflammation
IVIG treatment is the best available treatment for CIDP. But reversing insulin resistance through diet can do wonders in reducing CIDP inflammation. Here are some tips that can help reduce insulin resistance:
Eat less frequently
Stick to two large meals a day that are spaced out between 4-6 hours. Every time you eat you trigger an insulin response, you want to reduce the amount of insulin responses in the day. Frequent insulin responses through grazing and snacking can lead to insulin resistance even if they are low calorie. As such, intermittent fasting can be very beneficial.
Consume High Fat, Non-Processed Foods
Processed foods are absorbed too quickly by your body and trigger very high insulin responses which make insulin resistance worse. High fat foods (from healthy sources such as fish, lamb, avocado etc.) can help reduce insulin spikes in your body.
If you have CIDP neuropathy, you may want to check with your doctor to see if you are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes.
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.