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The more I read and learn about autoimmune disease, I become increasingly amazed at the complexity of our bodies. I envision the mechanisms of autoimmunity as being an enormous puzzle with pieces flying fast and furiously around our vascular, lymph, neurological, and hormonal systems. And everywhere else, it seems.
My latest "well, gooolllleee" experience came while reading about the relationship between prolactin and autoimmune disease. Prolactin?
Prolactin, a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, is most commonly thought to be responsible for milk production in females. While this is true, it is also responsible for many other functions, as described in this article by Colorado State :
My first thought after reading this information was, well, let's just block the action of prolactin, then. Which doesn't make a lot of sense when reviewing all the other functions for which prolactin is responsible, and in noting that there does not seem to be a direct correlation between prolatctin levels and disease activity, as quoted above. You can read more about the prolactin-autoimmune link here.
Someday, all the pieces of this difficult puzzle will finally come together, each in it's proper place. I can't wait.