Women with lupus had higher amounts of a specific bacterium in their gut, along with increased levels of an antibody to that bacterium.
Bacteria and other microorganisms living in your gut, known as the microbiome, play a big role in keeping you healthy.
They help you digest food, provide essential vitamins and other nutrients, and help control your immune system.
But when the intestinal communities are out of balance, they may contribute to health problems, including autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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