My wife had blood tests recently which showed she was perfectly healthy with the exception of prolactin levels 3x the normal lab range maximum. That's 63 instead of 20 (ng/ml?). They currently want her to wait one menstrual cycle and retest and only then will they give her an MRI to confirm a Prolactinoma. When asked the MD basically says it's standard practice due to the non-life threatening nature of the medical issue but that it is 99% likely to be a "text-book prolactinoma".
My wife and I have been Paleo for about two years and I've lost 150lbs and she's lost 40. Sufficed that she is frustrated and scared but since it is going to be 2 months before she can either get surgery or the RX to treat the condition we thought we'd look at options on how to cope with this to let her lean out and get a bit more energy. Anyone have any ideas on how to tweak paleo, workouts or supplementation to somewhat counter balance this issue? I was wondering if switching to more of a growth hormone promoting, glycogen depleting workout, trying some ALA to boost insulin sensitivity and cut fat intake way back to help with insulin sensitivity might be a better option than lower-carb, lift heavy and walk a lot Paleo/Primal. Anyone? Please help...I'm a bit out of my depth here and the MD (no suprise) isn't a lot of help.
Edit - To clarify we will be taking the best medical advice we can get but my wife is trapped at 260lbs and even at 800kcal PSMF her weight won't budge. Is there an approach etc... we can try that will help her energy/metabolic situation while we deal with the adenoma?
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on August 02, 2012
at 10:12 PM
I wouldn't panic, since you have only had one lab test.
Stress is implicated in prolactinoma, so reducing stress is essential.
Get her Vitamin D level checked & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml to help her hormonal balance.
Xenoestrogens (specifically bisphenol A exposure) are also implicated in prolactinoma, so reducing any xenoestrogens in her environment may help.
on April 15, 2013
at 10:11 PM
If her body has high prolactin is may be in a state of distress, make sure she gets a lot of rest. While some excercise can be a good thing to clear out her toxic build up from her body being in a state of stress, too much excercise can possibly over stress her and cause extreme exhaustion. From what I know about the paleo diet, it includes a lot of whole foods and fitness. I'm not an expert, but I think she needs to listen to her intuition and eat foods intuitively and take it easy on the excercise part. I'm seeing a nutritionist for my prolactinoma instead of medication, and her first phase of the holistic treatment is to destress my body and get it to kick into "healing" mode so it can heal itself. Losing weight will be a natural side effect of balancing the body's hormones. Most people's body kicks into healing mode every night during sleep, but hers may not be getting there if it is dealing with the prolactinoma. On another note, since the prolactinoma has caused me to miss my menstrual cycle for 3 years and 10 months (4 doctors later we figured it out), they went ahead and did a second blood test to qualify me for an MRI. You could try to request the second blood test rather than wait. The worse phase for me was the testing phase, which took about 6 weeks because they had to run other tests several times as well. It caused mental stress, which also isnn't good for you or her. I know it sounds hard, but do your best to keep your spirits up and laugh everyday together through the testing phase. There is a strange kind of relief that comes from finally getting answers. The sooner you both find out what's going on, the sooner she can focus on what she needs to do for her health. Good luck, and thank you for caring so much about your wife. I'm sure it means the world to her.
on August 05, 2012
at 08:17 PM
There are some nutritional approaches to lowering prolactin levels, but they won't counteract a tumor. Before even thinking about surgery see if bromocriptine, selegiline or other drug can't help lower prolactin to manageable levels.
On the nutritional/lifestyle end, anything that raises dopamine is worthwhile, from improving omega 3/omega6 ratio, to eating foods high in B6, interval training, etc.
on August 05, 2012
at 06:26 PM
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on August 02, 2012
at 09:24 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. I will say that the human body is very adaptable, if she is eating approximately right there shouldn't be much need to make any intricate changes.
I presume she has had her Iron levels tested? as low iron is a definite cause of high prolactin levels in both men and women. Possibly Zinc too.
If she does have a prolactinoma, then there is little known dietary modifications you can do to help the condition and would be best taking the proper medical advice from the MD.
on August 09, 2012
at 02:42 PM
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