Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Hormones and Belly Fat | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmHormones play a role in every process of the body. That includes how fat is stored and where it settles. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, your hormones may be the reason you can’t lose those last few inches from your waist.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains thyroid hormones are the body’s energy conversion overlords. The three types of thyroid hormone must function as one in order for metabolism to do its fat-burning magic. But, everything from allergies to age can throw them out of whack, increasing the body’s midsection circumference. Likewise, growth hormone and acetylcholine work as metabolisms pit crew, rebuilding and repairing of muscle tissue overnight.

Low energy levels may also trigger cravings for carbohydrates, which like to make their home in your belly both by way of consumption and in excess inches after digestion. Women who over consume carbohydrates and those who don’t eat any at all may find themselves glaring at the scale, says Marla Ahlgrimm. This is due to the body’s inadequate production of glucagon. In order to increase this vital hormone, balance your carbohydrate intake with fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.

Adrenaline, while mostly known for its presence during emergencies, also plays a role in weight loss – and specifically the loss of fat. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that adrenaline helps the body release stored sugars and fats, providing a burst of energy when it’s needed it. But, those who continually experienced circumstances, such as stress, that release adrenaline may not have a steady source of fuel, resulting in lazy days on the sofa.

Marla Ahlgrimm insists that the most effective way to rid the body of excess fat is by simply getting enough food, sleep, and exercise. She cautions against investing in fad diets and potentially-dangerous weight loss supplements.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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