Facebook Pixel

Human Microbiome and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Are They Connected?

By HERWriter
Rate This
Human Microbiome and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Are They Linked? Divakaran Dileep/PhotoSpin

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.

Visit Jody's website at http://www.ncubator.ca and http://ncubator.ca/blogger

Reviewed August 26, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Get Email Updates

Related Topics

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guide


Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!