According to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, today’s women are concerned about maintaining health and wellness throughout their lives, into their eighties or nineties! As a result, pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, is working to help women manage the health consequences that come from a loss in estrogen and other hormones as they age.
Marla Ahlgrimm is a pioneer in women’s health, introducing the nation to the term ‘premenstrual syndrome’ in the late 1970s. Through the pharmacy she co-founded, Madison Pharmacy Associates, as well as Women’s Health America, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. has helped more than 300,000 women and thousands of physicians to manage hormone related symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm, a licensed pharmacist, specializes in the use of low-dose, natural hormone therapy to help women maintain their quality of life long after the reproductive years have passed.
As a woman reaches her mid-thirties, says Marla Ahlgrimm, progesterone production begins to decline, leading to a wide variety of PMS like symptoms. During a woman’s forties, estrogen begins to fall and she may begin to notice occasional hot flushes, sleep disturbance, and acne. However, as a woman nears menopause and, especially after menopause, bone loss can put women a woman at risk for developing osteoporosis, points out Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates.
For over three decades, Marla Ahlgrimm’s Madison Pharmacy Associates recommended natural hormone therapy to patients. However, Marla Ahlgrimm recognizes that some women either can’t or prefer not to use hormone therapy and, for those women, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. has a few recommendations.
Most doctors recommend women begin taking calcium supplements at a young age. This helps strengthen bone, reducing the risk of osteoporosis as estrogen levels fall with age. Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm recommends a regimen that includes at least 1,000 mg of calcium per day. That calcium should be divided into two doses taken with meals, Marla Ahlgrimm states, for better absorption into the bloodstream. Magnesium and Vitamin D should accompany this calcium regimen. The body is less able to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight as we age, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates.
For older women, pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm recommends calcium citrate, which is more easily absorbed.
Diet and exercise
Weight-bearing exercise becomes more important as women age, strengthening the muscles and bone, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America. Brisk walking, jogging, and bicycling can also help strengthen bones, Marla Ahlgrimm states. Carbonated drinks and alcohol can also promote bone loss, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. It becomes more important during this time for a woman to increase her intake of green, leafy vegetables, as well as take a supplement like ProCycle Gold for trace minerals and nutrients.
Soy protein can be a big help in protecting against bone loss, states Marla Ahlgrimm. Soy has phytoestrogens called isoflavones. She says that eating soybeans, soy nuts, soymilk, or tofu can help protect against bone loss.
Menopause symptom reduction
For patients who plan to go through menopause naturally, Marla Ahlgrimm cites several ways to reduce symptoms through foods and vitamins. Vitamin E has been shown to reduce hot flashes, especially when combined with a low-fat diet high in vegetables. Herbal supplements like black cohosh have also been found to reduce hot flashes in studies. Vitamin E oil or creams can be substituted for estrogen creams for treating vaginal dryness, Marla Ahlgrimm explains.