Researchers found that billions
of bugs in our gut actually help in regulating the immune system as well as associated
autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Abnormal populations of specific gut bacteria can cause
development of diseases like rheumatoid
A lot of people suspected that gut flora
played a role in rheumatoid arthritis, but no one had been able to prove it
because they couldn't say which came first — the bacteria or the genes," researchers
"This study is an important
advance in our understanding of the immune system disturbances associated with
rheumatoid arthritis. While we do not yet know what the causes of this disease
are, this study provides important insights into the immune system and its relationship
to bacteria of the gut, and how these factors may affect people with genetic
susceptibilities to disease,"Eric Matteson, M.D., chairman of rheumatology at
Mayo Clinic, said.