Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm Speaks About Panic Attacks

Marla-Ahlgrimm-Moods-HormonesStress is not the same as a sudden panic attack, according to Marla Ahlgrimm.

Q: What is a panic attack and how can I know the difference between that and stress?

Marla Ahlgrimm: While it’s possible that a panic attack is related to stress, a true attack is a sudden episode of concentrated fear that can last from just a few minutes to almost half an hour. Unlike sudden bursts of stress, someone experiencing a panic attack has more difficulty processing logical thoughts to calm down.

Q: What are the stages of a panic attack?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A panic attack usually plays out in three stages. First, without warning, an outside trigger will send an alarm to your brain that indicates something is wrong. Once the brain processes these feelings, the body chimes in with a physiologic response. These range from sweating and shaking to stomach discomfort and vertigo. The attack pinnacles with more severe physical and psychological responses. Continue reading

Women’s Rights Still Improving, Says Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla-AhlgrimmThe Affordable Care Act has done scores of good for women who now, regardless of income or insurability, have access to life-saving screenings that they may have otherwise foregone.

Q: Why is the Affordable Care Act important for women specifically?

Marla Ahlgrimm: As recently as just a few years ago, a woman must have had insurance or have paid out-of-pocket to receive certain healthcare screenings. With the exorbitant cost of medical care today, the screenings were not within reach of a large number of American women. As a result, many suffered unknowingly with diseases like breast or cervical cancer until it was too late. The Affordable Care Act made women a priority by offering screenings like these, and more, to women as part of their monthly health-care premiums.

Q: How has the Affordable Care Act affected maternity coverage?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Since the inception of the act, maternity coverage in America is now guaranteed. This coverage, which provides for the health of both the mother and unborn baby, was often not included in traditional insurance plans. Unfortunately, because of this, many mothers went without vital prenatal care. Continue reading

Q & A with Marla Ahlgrimm: Effects of Physical Activity on Cancer Risks in Women

Marla-AhlgrimmGet off the couch, away from the screen, and get moving! This is the message by women’s health expert and world renowned pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm who affirms exercise as a key factor to overall health.

Q: How much physical activity does a woman need to help reduce her risk of cancer?

Marla Ahlgrimm: In dozens of studies across the globe, researchers have found that women who exercise at least three hours per week are typically 20 – 30% less likely to receive a cancer diagnosis than their sedentary counterparts. These studies include breast cancer, which is one of the biggest fears of many women.

Q: How does exercise affect the body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Burning calories helps the body regulate weight, and maintains a lower blood sugar level and body mass. Exercise also causes the body to act as its own anti-inflammatory and stimulates the body’s defense over foreign cells. Some scientists believe that cancer may be a natural response to over inflammation, so the more a woman can do to keep it at bay, the better. Continue reading

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Marla Ahlgrimm Describes Changes to the Breast During Menopause

Marla-AhlgrimmThe breasts are no doubt among the first parts of the body affected by hormone fluctuations, says Marla Ahlgrimm. They react to a woman’s menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and even menopause. Here, Ahlgrimm offers answers about how the latter can alter a woman’s breasts permanently.

Q: What changes can occur to the breast due to “the change?”

Marla Ahlgrimm: The breasts are complex glands that need estrogen in order to maintain the shape and appearance of youth. As the body’s levels of these hormones are depleted with age, the breasts can lose their original appearance. This is what many women refer to as the “drop zone.”

Q: But don’t some women’s breasts actually enlarge after menopause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Well, yes, but this is largely due to a slowed metabolism. During menopause, the rate our bodies burn fat goes way down and can cause weight gain if you don’t modify your diet and fitness routines. Continue reading

Menopause/Perimenopause Explained by Marla Ahlgrimm

marla ahlgrimmIn this Q & A, Women’s Health America founder Marla Ahlgrimm answers questions about one of life’s most anticipated and often misunderstood physical changes.

Q: We know menopause is “the change of life” when a woman naturally loses her fertility. What causes it?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Menopause, and its predecessor, perimenopause, happen when the body’s hormone levels begin to drop. In women over 40, this is a very natural process and signals that childbearing years are over. Perimenopause can last for up to eight years or more.

Q: How can a woman tell when menopause begins?

Marla Ahlgrimm: One of the first indications that change is on the horizon is periods that are lighter or missed. Insomnia, night sweats, irritability, and even depression are also common. Osteoporosis, a condition where the bones thin faster than previously, is another indicator that can cause long-term damage if not controlled. Many women report their most bothersome symptom is vaginal dryness, which affects the desire for intercourse. Continue reading

Marla Ahlgrimm on Menopause and its Potential Connection to Weight Gain

Marla AhlgrimmMaintaining a positive attitude during menopause is half the battle, says women’s health leader Marla Ahlgrimm. In this stage of life, weight gain is a common enemy that can result in anxiety and depression. For women who are experiencing hormonal changes, Marla Ahlgrimm offers a few recommendations that may help them to avoid unwanted pounds during menopause.


Marla Ahlgrimm advises women to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods, including fruits (bananas, strawberries, apples, blueberries), vegetables (broccoli, cucumbers, dark leafy greens), lean fish (salmon, tilapia), whole grains and yogurt. A well-balanced diet does not typically include donuts, cakes, muffins, danishes and other sweet treats. The goal of a streamlined diet plan, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is to cut daily intake by about 300 calories each day. Continue reading

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Marla Ahlgrimm on the New World of Oils

Marla AhlgrimmOlive oil has long been a staple of kitchens around the world, shares pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm. In recent years, this longtime pharmacist has witnessed the emergence of a number of oil alternatives for people who are seeking improved health and wellness.

Sesame Oil

Extracted from sesame seeds, this oil has been shown to ward off diabetes, lower cholesterol and help prevent sunburn, reports Marla Ahlgrimm. Drizzling a tablespoon of sesame oil on Asian dishes – pad Thai, for example – can be an excellent way to obtain several antioxidants that might be otherwise missing from one’s daily diet. Continue reading


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