The Ketogenic diet

Hyperprolactinemia and the Ketogenic diet.I have a Norprolac starting kit lying around at home. I haven’t opened it yet and I have decided not to open it until I’ve tried the Ketogenic diet. If there is a cure to hyperprolactinemia, surely it must be it?

It’s no secret that whatever I’ve done so far has not worked. I’ve tried the herb Rhodiola Rosea. It didn’t cure my hyperprolactinemia but it might have kept my prolactin levels from rising. Most importantly it didn’t do any harm. I even have a bottle of Vitex Agnus Castus but it’s pretty much pure alcohol, and I’m not convinced that will do me any good. So I won’t be able to give you a review on that, other than ‘it does not taste good!’

Since I went Paleo (not eating grains, legumes, milk and processed sugar) I have numerous times considered a Ketogenic diet. And my recent doctor’s appointment has made me even more curious. The Paleo diet does not cure hyperprolactinemia (caused by a tumor that is). My still steadily rising level of prolactin proves that. So maybe the answer lies just a few steps further ahead – in the land of Ketosis.

Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body burns fat instead of carbohydrates. This means the body fuels on Ketones rather than glucose. The only disease where Ketosis has been proven highly effective is Epilepsy. It is believed that Ketosis might also cure cancer. The theory is that cancer cells fuel on glucose and don’t do well on Ketones – result – cancer cure. But so far evidence of this is nowhere to be found. I recently read a study where several cancer patients were put on a Ketogenic diet. The patients were at this point so sick they either died or quit the experiment shortly after. Maybe Ketosis has shown much better results when used to treat Epileptic children; because it is much easier to control a child’s diet than us weak willed adults’ diet. And a Ketogenic diet is not an easy one to just give a go in the modern world of today.

The reason why I’m writing this is because I’m hypothesizing that if cancer cells fuel on glucose, maybe pituitary adenomas do too. So where does the study I’ve just mentioned fit into that? Well medication seems to be the preferred approach, right until the doctors realize the patient is going to die no matter what. What if the Ketogenic diet can cure tumors – benign as well as malign? Well I refuse to be hauled through countless medications for the rest of my life while looking back, wishing I had at least tried.

One other strong motivation for wanting to try out the Ketogenic diet is my prior history of ‘miraculous’ prolactin level decrease. After a three month stay in Africa I had lost 7 kg and was basically hungry all the time. Now I didn’t eat low-carb. It was actually more like high-carb. But my total calorie intake was very restricted as to the extent of my body feeding on its own fat stores. I’m not an expert on this subject. I’m only guessing and since I’m not a scientist I’ll have to do the experiment on myself. I will have a new blood test done on October 16, 2012. To be continued!


  1. Jessica said:

    Hi -

    I was trying to send you a message via the contact page, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I also have hyperprolactemia, and I would love to connect its you.


    September 22, 2012
  2. Mimi said:

    I’m curious about your last test results :)


    October 27, 2012
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  4. Jacob said:

    Regarding ur miraculous prolactin decrease… I know calorie restriction has been used as method of effectively reversing diabetes. Perhaps it helps with prolactin as well.

    April 30, 2017
  5. Tracey said:

    Just read your article because I have one also and was researching keto as a dietary alternative. Hit me up by email if you want to exchange alternative treatment options. I’m trying a few vibrational and nutrition options.

    July 25, 2018
  6. Monique said:

    I also have HYPERPROLACTINEMIA and was diagnosed with it in 2016. I am 32 years old and I gained about 20 lbs after my first child (heaviest I’ve ever been from 140-160lbs) which was possible due to Cabergoline, however, this time around three years later…the medicine causes me to have extreme migraines. My level in April of 2018 was 40.3 NG/ML.

    I decided to try Keto as a lifestyle change because I’m an active person that walks and takes stairs every chance and also workouts with no results in losing weight. Also, I’m a very healthy eater (I love ALL vegetables). Yet, I gained 20lbs and felt like I would keep gaining.

    Today, third week, from starting the lifestyle, I have lost 8.2 lbs and feel so differently and that’s an understatement because I feel fantastic. The diet was a bit easier for me because I don’t drink soda or sugary drinks so transitioning to water and black coffee was not as bad. I highly recommend it if you’re struggling. The results are totally worth not having bread, doughnuts, or even rice. I check my GKI by a Keto meter and I’ve been in moderate to high Ketosis (2-3.4). I also do Intermittent Fasting. I feel a change in my body that is better than the medication. I’ll keep posted once I test my levels next month. Hoping this is the reset and lifestyle change I needed.

    February 11, 2019
    • Patricia A Gallagher said:

      Dear Monique,

      I just learned that a friend, also in her 30s, has a pituitary “mass” (as she likes to call it) and may have hyperprolactinemia. She has most of the symptoms, was just diagnosed, and the doctors are planning to put her on medication. I’m doing the LCHF/keto diet to control T2 diabetes and wondered how you’re doing with keto for your condition. Could you provide an update?
      Thank you in advance and best wishes!

      May 25, 2019
    • Yolande said:

      I have had HYPERPROLACTINEMIA now for 20 years. Never really bothered me until about 3 years ago when I did not have a period for a year! I was only 37, and did not want to go into Menopause. They put me on Cabergoline, and I gained 30kgs (around 60 pounds!!), Absolutely nothing I did made the weight shift. I started to experiment with the Medication. I did Keto for 2 months and now matter how low I went carb wise, I could not get into Ketosis. I then went off the Cabergoline for a month, and within 2 days, I was in beautiful Ketosis!!! I have now lost almost 10 pounds. Keto is great. What really makes me angry is that Doctor wants to believe me when I tell them that I eat healthy and exercise and that the Medication did it. Apparantly they think you suddenly loose you mind and binge. I was so happy to see the reply from Monique. I have found a few others who has gained on Cabergoline as well. I never want to see it again. Keto is awesom e. I feel wonderful on it!

      December 3, 2019
  7. Chrishana said:

    Does anyone have a food list they follow that they can share with me on the Keto diet. I have Prolactinoma and my Endocrinologist put me on Bromocriptine and seemed to help a lot. I recently lost my health benefits so could no longer get the medication.. I have only been able to loose 5lbs before I gain it back again. I want to cry because I can’t loose this weight and I can’t take it anymore. Please Help if you can. Thanks.

    January 18, 2020

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