Is there any connection between gluten and arthritis?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Sheela Krishnaswamy

Probably. Gluten is a type of glycoprotein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. It can lead to flare-up of arthritis symptoms, specially in people who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (a type of inflammatory arthritis).

Our gut flora may be affected by an inflammatory response depending on the food we eat, thus playing a vital role in inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis. 

There seems to be a correlation between gluten and various diseases, including autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. A study evaluated whether a gluten-free diet could effectively control inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. It concluded that “a gluten-free diet may improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, even in patients resistant to conventional drug therapies.”

Another study published in the journal Rheumatology showed the results of people on a gluten-free vegan diet or a non-vegan diet for one year. It concluded that more of the people in the gluten-free vegan group experienced an improvement in symptoms compared to the non-vegan group. 

In 2017, Frontiers in Nutrition analyzed various clinical trials to see how dietary changes may affect rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. They found similar results.

In conclusion, While some studies have shown that a gluten-free diet may help with Rheumatoid Arthritis due to the absence of inflammation caused by gluten , further research is needed to find the exact role.

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