Is there a connection between wheat, gluten and CIDP?

Gluten has been associated with triggering inflammation in the body where your immune system attacks its own tissue and nerves in the form of an autoimmune disease like CIDP.

By Shiraz Abbas

CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) is a neurological disorder characterized by an inflammation of the nerves. CIDP, like multiple sclerosis, is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the body by mistaking it for an invasive entity.

We have written several articles on how diet can affect CIDP. Yet we have not written about one popular ingredient that is associated with inflammation and autoimmune diseases like CIDP: gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in many of the items we consume. Wheat is one of those foods that contain high amounts of gluten along with rye, bulgur, couscous and so on.

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Gluten has been associated with inflammation. Around 1 in 30 people have gluten sensitivity, meaning that they have Celiac disease and eating gluten causes inflammation every time they eat it. Around 99% of people with Celiac disease do not even know it or are undiagnosed.

Consistent inflammation brings about chronic inflammation, thus putting your body under undue stress. Your body is less able to attack pathogens with precision and indiscriminately tries to fight off invaders. When your body’s tissue, including its peripheral nerves, are attacked, an autoimmune disease is developed.

By removing gluten, you can remove one possible trigger from your body’s inflammatory response against your nerves. If you have CIDP, you may want to think about this seriously and check with your doctor and see if you have gluten sensitivity.

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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