How Insulin May Be Making Your CIDP Worse
Insulin resistance is a contributing factor behind inflammation in the body and may be associated with your CIDP.
By Shiraz Abbas
It is common knowledge today that sugar can increase inflammation in the body. But little is known behind the mechanism as to why this happens.
When your body consumes carbohydrates and sugar, your body releases insulin in order to deal with and manage sugar in your body. High insulin spikes in your blood means that your body is trying to manage excess sugar which either comes from sugar, high carb foods like pasta or even too much lean protein which is converted to sugar.
The role of insulin in your body is signal to your body’s cells to grab the glucose (or blood sugar) from your body and put them in your cells as fuel.
When the body is consistently and regularly exposed to high insulin, there is a condition that comes about called “insulin resistance.” This means that your cells in your muscles and liver stop responding to insulin signals and stop taking in the glucose.
As a result, your body develops all sorts of ailments, including heart disease, increased body fat (glucose being turned into fat) and type-2 diabetes.
Another effect of insulin resistance is inflammation in the body which is the underlying factor behind so many inflammatory autoimmune diseases like CIDP type neuropathy. We have written before how sugar for example can lead to CIDP and other types of neuropathy.
A 2015 study on the association between inflammation and insulin resistance concluded the following:
Obesity might increase the expression of some inflammatory cytokines and activate several signaling pathways, both of which are involved in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance by interfering with insulin signaling and action. It has been suggested that specific factors and signaling pathways are often correlated with each other; therefore, both of the fluctuation of cytokines and the status of relevant signaling pathways should be considered during studies analyzing inflammation-related insulin resistance.
If you have CIDP, you may want to check your body for insulin resistance. If so, there are chances that you can reduce your CIDP inflammatory related pain by managing and curing your insulin resistance.
This can be done with following a healthy form of the ketogenic diet. Before you do anything, make sure to speak to your doctor.
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.