Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm | Happy 40th Birthday (Here’s How to Stay Healthy)

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Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm, a world-renowned women’s healthcare expert and retired U.S. based pharmacist shares information for women on how to remain healthy after 40.

Eat up. It’s no surprise that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, as a woman’s metabolism changes, it makes sense to start the day off with a larger first meal. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women who go heavy in the mornings tend to lose more weight – up to four times more – than those who skip the eggs and toast and opt for a low-carb diet.

Get moving. By the age of 40, most women should’ve already entered into a fun and comfortable exercise routine, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, those that have not should. A six-month strength training regimen can enhance a woman metabolism and also works to protect the musculoskeletal system from age-related decline, including osteoporosis.

Stick it to stress. There’s no avoiding stress but Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that the way a woman reacts to stressors can have a significant impact on her overall health. Stress can interfere with the body’s energy level, libido, and even lead to faster cell death. Essentially, stressing out makes people age quickly. Meditation, swimming, and controlled breathing can help.

Be adventurous. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that taking a few risk with age will lead to an overall greater appreciation of life. Traveling or taking a late-life college course are both great options.

Get social. A person’s social health – the connection they share with their friends and family – is also good for their physical health. Spending time with loved ones, whether related or not, can boost self-esteem while providing an outlet for stress. Women who work from home or who have chosen to leave the workforce to raise children should pay careful attention to their social calendar to ensure they are getting ample adult interaction.


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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