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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.
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.
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.)