Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Advice on Lifestyle and Nutrition Choices

Marla Ahlgrimm
Marla Ahlgrimm has worked in healthcare since the 1970s. As such, she has seen diet trends come and go but says real nutrition and positive habits never go out of style. Today, Ahlgrimm opens up about lifestyle choices that stand the test of time.

Q: What does it mean to eat a “balanced diet”?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A balanced diet is one that includes a full range of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, proteins, and other nutrients. Eating healthy foods isn’t difficult but may require planning ahead and maybe making a few more trips to the grocery store each week to take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Touches on Health Issues by Sex

Marla Ahlgrimm
Sex is ingrained into DNA, much like eye color and height, says pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. As such, the same genetic differences that define reproductive roles also make the sexes respond to certain health conditions differently. But, why?

While the answer to that specific question remains open to further investigation, Ahlgrimm offers answers to others in this short discussion.

Q: What major health issues do men and women respond to differently?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There are many, but perhaps one of the most notable is myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Men often display the telltale symptom of chest discomfort while women tend to present with fatigue, shortness of breath, and back pain. Unfortunately for women, these symptoms are also indicative of stress and a number of other conditions, meaning diagnosis is more difficult.

Q: How is addiction affected by gender?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Researchers at the NIH found that both male and female brains reacted to addictive stimuli very quickly, but the response was measured at different locations. This suggests a neurologic dissimilarity between the sexes where addiction is concerned.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Speaks About Summertime Sniffles

Marla Ahlgrimm
Colds aren’t just for the dead of winter. According to Women’s Health America founder Marla Ahlgrimm, some cold viruses thrive in the heat and are ready and waiting to interrupt our summer vacations.

Q: What is the difference between a “winter” cold and a “summer” cold?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Cold weather sniffles are usually caused by a member of the rhinovirus family, which thrives in cool conditions. From about May through October, most colds are triggered by exposure to a non-polio enterovirus. Both are viral infections and present with similar symptoms, including runny or stuffy nose, low fever, coughing, and sore throat. Some enteroviruses may also develop into conjunctivitis, or pinkeye.

Q: Who is most at-risk of catching a summer sickness?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Most adults have built up immunities to the most common viral culprits. Children, however, are a different story. Colds spread quickly through daycare centers and other areas where there may be many children in close proximity, such as summertime vacation bible schools, museums, libraries, and playgrounds. Adults can also be caught in the cross fires of new strains, especially if their bodies are already weak from an underlying condition. Women may be exposed to cold viruses more often if they work in childcare over the summer months.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

HRT Pioneer Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Hormone Therapy

Marla Ahlgrimm
Women have been using “all natural anti-aging” elixirs since the time of the pharaohs. But, do these replacement hormones have any real effect? Are they safe? Marla Ahlgrimm answers these questions and more in the following brief interview regarding HRT.

Q: What was the first commercially available HRT?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Premarin was the first brand available in the US. It was released in 1941 and has been a hot topic among women’s healthcare professionals since. The original formula, which is still available today, contains estrogen collected from the urine of pregnant horses. In the 1970s, it was discovered that Premarin increased the risk of endometrial cancer in those who took it. Since 1976, it has carried a warning label. This is perhaps what started the scientific push to create bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are exactly the same as those occurring naturally in women.

Q: Does HRT work?

Marla Ahlgrimm: HRT can be very effective for controlling the symptoms of menopause and other hormone-related conditions. It is not, however, an “out of the bottle” remedy and must be tailored to each specific woman.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Women’s Health Expert Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Breast Cancer Prevention

Marla Ahlgrimm
Breast cancer is caused in part by genetics, and that can’t be changed, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, lifestyle also plays a role in our overall health and wellbeing, and may contribute to breast cancer risks as well. Here, Ahlgrimm answers some common questions regarding breast cancer prevention.

Q: What steps can I take to reduce my chances of getting breast cancer?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The first step is to reduce your alcohol intake and stop smoking, if applicable. If you are overweight, dropping even a few pounds can help lower your risks of breast cancer as well as numerous other medical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Keep your body in its best shape by being physically active every day. It is interesting to note that women who breastfeed enjoy a lower risk of breast cancer, though the reasons are not fully understood.

Q: Does diet have any effect on my risks?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Your diet is one of the biggest contributors to your health, for both good and bad. Eating a balanced diet, complete with healthy fats, fish, fruits, nuts, and vegetables, may reduce your risk of breast cancer as well as stroke, heart disease, and other conditions.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm | Women and Gender Specific Health Conditions

Marla Ahlgrimm
Marla Ahlgrimm says women face a number of health conditions that men will never be able to fully understand. From miscarriage to rare genetic disorders, women sometimes need special care. Here, Ahlgrimm lists just a few of the issues that women alone must battle.

Gynecological issues

Marla Ahlgrimm says there is perhaps no more notable physiologic difference between the sexes than the reproductive system. Women are singularly at risk of:

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Describes Health Differences Between Men and Women

Marla Ahlgrimm
Women’s bodies are inherently different than men’s, so it’s no wonder that certain medical conditions affect the sexes in very distinct ways. Marla Ahlgrimm says even common health conditions, like heart disease and stroke, can differ significantly.

Alcohol abuse

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, men are more likely to succumb to alcohol dependence than women. Alcoholism, however, often has more devastating consequences for females. In addition to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease, women who drink while pregnant may give birth to an infant with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – brain damage caused by alcohol passing through the developing fetus’ brain tissue.

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