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Autoimmune Thyroid Disease and High Prolactin

Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, and it is thought that excess prolactin increases thyroid antibody production. High prolactin level, or hyperprolactinemia, is typically caused by diseases and tumors of the pituitary gland or can result from normal body changes when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding. For women, prolactin levels should remain under 500 mlU/L and for men the level should remain below 450 mlU/L. When women have abnormally high prolactin levels, they can have irregular menstrual periods and discharge of milk from the breasts. When a man has a high prolactin level, he can experience erectile dysfunction and infertility.

Another common form of high prolactin is prolactinomas. Thyroid disorders are common in patients with high prolactin. With this information, screening should be done on all patients found to have high prolactin for thyroid dysfunction. People with high prolactin can develop hypothyroidism due to the reduced TSH release by dopamine. If you have thyroid antibodies, you are more likely to have high prolactin compared to someone without thyroid antibodies.

Interestingly, highprolactinemia has also been associated with many autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, Graves’ disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Autoimmune attacks occur more frequently on the thyroid than on any other gland. The development of autoimmune diseases can be initiated by hormonal imbalances and immune system deficiencies. It is important to keep the immune system healthy to prevent any attacks on the thyroid gland and other organs. You should visit a thyroid doctor if you have any concerns about high prolactin or thyroid dysfunction.

To prevent the cycle of unwanted conditions, immune system health is of the utmost importance. You can start boosting your immune system by consuming a healthy diet free of dyes, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and pesticides. The best diet to…

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