The Benefits of Monosaturated Fats for CIDP Healing
Good fats are known to help with heart disease, but they may also help with the progression of inflammatory diseases like CIDP.
By Shiraz Abbas
Monosaturated fats, otherwise known as “healthy” or “good” fats can be found in those healthy kinds of foods like avocados and nuts. Good fats have been touted to have tremendous benefits for preventing heart disease.
Harvard Health writes that:
The discovery that monounsaturated fat could be healthful came from the Seven Countries Study during the 1960s. It revealed that people in Greece and other parts of the Mediterranean region enjoyed a low rate of heart disease despite a high-fat diet. The main fat in their diet, though, was not the saturated animal fat common in countries with higher rates of heart disease. It was olive oil, which contains mainly monounsaturated fat. This finding produced a surge of interest in olive oil and the “Mediterranean diet,” a style of eating regarded as a healthful choice today.
But what about autoimmune diseases and inflammation which people diagnosed with CIDP type neuropathy suffer from? The good news is that healthy fats can also be beneficial for autoimmune inflammatory diseases like CIDP.
Weight Loss Benefits for CIDP
In a previous article, we saw how obesity may be linked to the progression of CIDP. We wrote that
Around 35% of the world population is overweight or obese and there are about ten known autoimmune diseases that are associated with weight gain. As research goes on, it may be that more autoimmune diseases like CIDP neuropathy will be associated with obesity.
So what is it about being overweight or obese that contributes to the progression or triggering of autoimmune diseases? The study finds that adipokines – a substance that is secreted by fat – triggers autoimmune responses like RA, MS, type-1 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and more.
People who have autoimmune diseases like CIDP neuropathy should watch their weight as it can possibly contribute to the length and progression of their disease.
Multiple studies have found that healthy fats may lead to weight loss. For example
one study of 124 people who were overweight or obese found that eating either a high-MUFA diet (20% of total calories) or a high-carb diet for one year led to comparable weight loss of around 8.8 pounds (4 kg)
Although healthy fats are high in calorie, they are extremely filling. This means that you remain full for longer periods of time without having the constant need to eat and hence leading to weight loss and possibly benefiting your CIDP.
Good Fats and Inflammation
Multiple studies have found that good fats can be beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body, a key culprit in the disease of CIDP neuropathy. Health Line summarizes the studies as follows:
Compared to other diets, such as high-saturated fat diets and Western diets, high-MUFA diets can reduce inflammation.
One study found that high-MUFA diets reduced inflammation in patients with metabolic syndrome, compared to high-saturated fat diets (33).
Other studies have shown that people who eat a Mediterranean diet high in MUFAs have significantly lower inflammatory chemicals in their blood, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) (34, 35, 36).
High-MUFA diets can also reduce the expression of inflammatory genes in fat tissue compared to high-saturated fat diets. This may be one of the ways that MUFAs are helpful for weight loss (37).
Diets that are rich in good fats (MUFA) can reduce inflammation in the body and thus possibly reduce CIDP related symptoms. Combined with the specter of weight loss that healthy fats provide, the outcome looks even more positive.
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.