Monday, 12 October 2015

Marla Ahlgrimm on the “Never-ending Hangover,” Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Marla Ahlgrimm
Occasional tiredness is to be expected, acknowledges pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. However, women with a certain invisible condition experience that feeling permanently. Here, the pharmacist and women’s healthcare pioneer answers questions about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and offers information on how to manage its symptoms.

Q: What exactly is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition that presents with flu-like symptoms. These may include headache, muscle aches and pains, loss of concentration, tender lymph nodes, and an extreme feeling of fatigue or weakness. It has been compared to feeling hung over constantly with no respite.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Marla Ahlgrimm Explains Menopausal Hair Loss

Marla Ahlgrimm
Most women are familiar with night sweats and hot flashes as major concerns of menopause. However, as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, there are other effects caused by falling hormone levels. Today, the women’s healthcare expert answers questions regarding menopausal hair loss.

Q: How many women lose their hair during menopause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s estimated that half of all women experience at least some hair loss during this time. Many more report thinning or even bald spots. Female pattern baldness typically begins just after the onset of menopause as estrogen levels decrease suddenly and dramatically.

Q: What causes premenopausal hair loss?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Before she enters menopause, a woman produces high levels of estrogen. Estrogen along with progesterone serve as protective, balancing hormones to testosterone – a hormone that women also produce. After menopause, estrogen levels fall allowing testosterone to be converted to dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is the cause of female hair loss when testosterone combines with an enzyme known as 5 alpha reductase found in the hair follicle.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Perimenopause Q & A with Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm
Q: What is perimenopause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Perimenopause marks the beginning of the transition to menopause. This is the time in a woman’s life when hormonal changes begin to cause noticeable effects.

Q: What are some of the early stages of perimenopause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There is no way to definitively predict which symptoms a woman will experience. However, perimenopause begins with reduced fertility, minor sleep disturbance, hot flushing and an irregular menstrual cycle.

Q: What age does perimenopause usually begin?

Marla Ahlgrimm: On average, women enter perimenopause at around the age of 47. However, it is not uncommon for changes to take place a full decade earlier. Perimenopause usually lasts for around four years but can fluctuate one way or the other. Very rarely, a woman will move directly from premenopause to menopause. These women do not experience the hormone fluctuations that are characteristic of perimenopause.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Q&A with Marla Ahlgrimm: Guide to Conquering Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Marla Ahlgrimm
Just around the time when we turn back the clocks and the days get shorter and colder, many people start to experience a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), according to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following Q&A, Marla Ahlgrimm explains what SAD is and how to address it.

Q: When does SAD start and how long does it usually last?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Generally, SAD starts when clocks are changed in the fall and lasts until spring.

Q: What are the symptoms of SAD?
Marla Ahlgrimm: SAD often presents with fatigue and low energy but then involves more symptoms of depression such as sadness, irritability, lack of concentration, lethargy and apathy. SAD victims also crave carbohydrate foods, which can lead to weight gain.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Marla Ahlgrimm Talks Noise in the Work Environment

For some people a little background noise is helpful. Others require complete silence in order to get work done, according to Marla Ahlgrimm.

Q: Is noise a reason it’s so hard to work at my peak every day?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It can be, depending on the person. When trying to work or do any task that requires a higher level of focus, noise can cause an incredible distraction. Some people are more sensitive to noise than others.

Q: In general, how do distractions affect our work?

Marla Ahlgrimm: When you lose your place in a thought because of a distraction, it takes some time to go back and re-focus.  Every time you’re distracted, it takes quite a lot of energy to get back on track. This effort can become quite exhausting.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Tips for Coping With Insomnia

Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? If so, you are not alone.  According to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, 70 million Americans report difficulties with sleeping – one out of five suffers from chronic insomnia.

Q: What is the typical pattern associated with insomnia?

Marla Ahlgrimm:  The typical pattern with insomnia is that we worry about something or someone and then toss and turn restlessly without being able to calm down long enough to fall asleep. Our mind just keeps spinning, which is hardly restful.

Q: When that happens, I feel horrible the next day.

Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, many people report feeling lethargic and irritable. Everything we do seems harder and more difficult.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Hormones Play Role in PMS but Healthy Choices Help, Says Marla Ahlgrimm

Weight gain, bloating painful cramps, headache, and sleeplessness - these are just some of the discomforts that millions of women experience every month due to PMS. While largely misunderstood by the medical community until the 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm stresses that PMS is a real condition and says a few lifestyle changes may help reduce some of its symptoms.

Q: How does a woman’s sugar intake affect her body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Sugar not only causes the body to store fat but may also be partly to blame for the water retention that many women experience due to PMS. And, women who eat a diet high in sugar actually have less energy than those who tend to focus on healthy foods such as lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.


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