We already know that the bacteria that live on and within us are far more than just inert passengers. They interact with our cells and are associated with a whole host of conditions and diseases. Now, researchers think that our microbiome might also play a role in the autoimmune disease lupus.
Currently, there is no cure for systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus for short. It occurs when the body’s immune system goes out of whack and starts attacking healthy tissue, causing joint problems, tiredness, skin rashes, and in severe cases inflamed kidneys, lungs, and even the brain. It is still not fully understood what causes it, but a new study published in Science Translational Medicine finds that the bacteria inside us might at least contribute to it.