Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health


Go for the Green | Marla Ahlgrimm on Why Adding Vegetables to Your Diet is a Smart Move

Marla AhlgrimmLove them or hate them, fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy nutrition plan, says Marla Ahlgrimm. According to retired pharmacist, vegetables are low in fat and calories, contain no cholesterol, and offer the body a host of nutrients.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, a produce-rich diet will provide the body ample amounts of vitamins a, fiber, folic acid, and vitamin C. Furthermore, eating beans, tomatoes, lima beans, and spinach provides potassium, which can help maintain healthy blood pressure. Dietary fiber, which is most closely associated with proper digestion and bowel function, can also help reduce blood cholesterol levels and, perhaps more importantly, may lower the risk of heart disease.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Tips for Work/Life Balance

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm spent more than 40 years as an active member of the healthcare community. Her work as a pharmacist and women’s health advocate has shaped the way women – and men – look at women’s health issues. Throughout these decades, she’s picked up a few tips on how to manage a busy schedule as a woman and a business professional.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one of the biggest challenges for working women is a lack of energy. Between 6 AM wake-up calls, midday meetings, rushing home to cook dinner, and handling everything from children to finances, it can be difficult to keep pace. An overload of activity coupled with poor sleep and neglected nutrition can make energy a rare treat. Marla Ahlgrimm explains, however, that one of the best ways to recoup energy and rekindle your physical drive is to exercise. A 30 minute jog first thing in the morning – even if it means waking up early – will help you recharge at the beginning of the day for sustainable energy.

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Sneaky Sugar | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmSugar is certainly a sweet treat, but one that can cause a host of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and, more prevalently, obesity. And, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, sugar has a way of sneaking into foods you might not consider.

Here, Marla Ahlgrimm lists a few of the most innocent-looking foods that have a dark, sucrose-filled secret.

Protein bars

They might look healthy, with clever marketing images of fitness buffs running through the open hills right there on the packaging. But, some protein bars can contain as much – or more – sugar than a candy bar.

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Summer is Coming and That Means Sunscreen, says Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmWhile most doctors recommend wearing sunscreen anytime you’re out in the open, it’s especially important in the summer, when hours outdoors can go by in what feels like minutes.

According to retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, sun protection is especially important for women, who may be more susceptible to certain types of skin cancer. And, from an aesthetic point of view, sun damage can make the skin look old and worn well before its time. And once the skin is damaged, there is no amount of lotion or makeup that will fix it.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Migraines and Women

Marla AhlgrimmMore than three-quarters of all migraines are suffered by women, says Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following brief Q&A, the retired women’s health center entrepreneur and compounding pharmacist shares insight on these debilitating headaches.

Q: Is it migraine more than a headache?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The vast majority of headaches are mild to moderate and go away on their own. Migraines, by contrast, can be very severe. People with migraines suffer with unusually intense throbbing pain, light sensitivity, and often, nausea. It is not uncommon to see spots or experience an acute loss of vision during a severe migraine attack.

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You Are Not Alone in Your Infertility | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm, a retired hormone treatment expert and compounding pharmacist, explains that infertility affects up to 25% of all women of childbearing age. It is an emotional experience that can make you feel as though you are the only one of your friends without a bouncing bundle of joy. But, you are not alone. Here, Ahlgrimm discusses a few of the issues surrounding infertility and touches on celebrities who’ve dealt with this emotional coaster.

Q: What is infertility?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Infertility is the unfortunate circumstance that results when a woman is trying to conceive for a period of six months to one year, depending on age, and is unable. It is not, however, an uncommon circumstance, with as many as one in four women experiencing infertility to some degree.

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Health Screenings for Women | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm is an advocate for all women and notes that there are certain health screenings that, beginning at about the age of 18, women should be familiar with. These include but are not limited to:

Depression screening

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women are at a greater risk of depression than their male counterparts. For this reason, women should discuss with their doctor any emotional concerns they may have. Additionally, women should talk to their healthcare provider about diet and exercise and alcohol and illegal substance use or abuse. Women who do not take care of their physical health and those who abuse drugs or alcohol are more likely to be depressed.

Breast health

Mammograms are not typically recommended women before the age of 40. However, Marla Ahlgrimm stresses the importance of self breast examinations and regular healthcare checkups for women with a family history of breast cancer. Yearly mammograms are typically reserved for women who have an immediate relative – mother, sister, grandmother – who was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age.

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