Endocrine System Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

High Prolactin Levels and Osteoporosis

There is likely a connection between high prolactin levels and osteoporosis, but there are things women can do to protect themselves. For example, they can increase their calcium intake and have regular bone density tests. Women don't need to choose between treating their high prolactin levels and osteoporosis prevention -- both can be done simultaneously.

High Prolactin Levels and Osteoporosis: A Summary

Women whose ovaries produce inadequate estrogen are at an increased risk for osteoporosis. Hyperprolactinemia (too much prolactin in the blood) can cause reduced estrogen production. Although estrogen production may be restored after treatment for hyperprolactinemia, even a year or two without estrogen can compromise bone strength.
 

High Prolactin Levels and Osteoporosis: What to Do?

Women treated for high prolactin levels should protect themselves from osteoporosis by exercising more, increasing calcium intake through diet or supplementation, and by avoiding smoking. Women may want to have bone density measurements to assess the effect of estrogen deficiency on bone density. They may also want to discuss estrogen replacement therapy with their physician.
 
(Click Osteoporosis Treatment for more information about treating osteoporosis.)
 
Lifestyle Changes to Help Your Bones

Osteoporosis and Other Medical Conditions

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2014 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.