Microbes play enormous roles in the health of the gut. And the gut plays a highly significant role in the health of the rest of the body. The gut has immune cells that can trigger inflammatory cells elsewhere, including in the joints.
Sounds like rheumatoid arthritis, doesn't it. Still, similarities are not proof, and much more research is needed concerning arthritis and the microbiome.
The microbiome may turn out to be a real and important factor in the emergence of rheumatoid arthritis, and other rheumatic conditions. But a connection here has not been absolutely proved.
Medscape reported that probiotics may be valuable. Scher indicated in The Atlantic article that diet modification can make a positive difference for those who have RA. He is less convinced that probiotic supplements are helping those who take them, though he also doesn't think they cause any great harm either.
Bacteria in the stomach may be to blame for RA. TheAtlantic.com. Retrieved Aug. 25, 2015.
Microbiome and Probiotics: Link to Arthritis. Medscape.com. Retrieved Aug. 25, 2015.
Reviewed August 26, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN