Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm: Don’t Ignore These Unusual MS Symptoms

Marla AhlgrimmRetired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm explains that more than 2 million people worldwide suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS). There may be many more women with the mysterious disease who mistake their symptoms for hormonal issues. Here, Ahlgrimm opens up about some of the more unusual signs of MS.

Missing period

At a certain age, we will all stop having a period. However, if you are less than 40 years old and don’t have a cycle for more than three months, you may have an undiagnosed disorder, like multiple sclerosis.

Balance issues

There are numerous causes of balance issues, including stroke and heart disease. But, as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, weakness in the limbs may also indicate an early sign of multiple sclerosis, which affects your motor nerves. If you find you have trouble standing straight or are falling and tripping more easily, visit your doctor.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Depression on the Rise for 12- to 35-Year-Olds

Marla AhlgrimmIf you’ve noticed people are more down and out than unusual lately, you’re not imagining it. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield, depression has increased a staggering 63 and 47 percent for adolescents and young adults respectively.

Q: What are the signs of depression?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Depression looks different on different people but is typified by a persistent feeling of being sad, hopeless, or “empty.” Many people will display no outward signs, however irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in social interactions are common.

Q: Have other age groups also shown signs of increasing depression?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, in fact, all groups studied had a significant increase in clinical diagnoses. Adults aged 35 to 49 saw an increase of 26 percent with those aged 50 to 64 experiencing slightly lower numbers of new cases reported.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Healthy Medicine

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and women’s health advocate, explains that women should pay close attention to the medications their healthcare provider prescribes.

Modern medicine saves lives. Of that there is no doubt. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, medicines that are used improperly can kill. Information is the key in preventing tragedy. Before taking any new medicine, Ahlgrimm insists that women should ask their doctor or pharmacist lots of questions. These questions should include queries regarding the full name of the medication, its active ingredients, dosage amounts and timing, and potential side effects.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that keeping a medicine list can also keep a woman safe. This list, which should include all current medications, including OTC and supplements, should be presented to both physician and pharmacist to ensure there are no potential interactions.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Hooray for Hormones

Marla AhlgrimmYour hormones aren’t just there to dictate whether or not you have stomach cramps every 28 days. In fact, your body is full of chemicals that do everything from regulate your metabolism to boost your muscle growth. Here, hormone specialist and retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm answers a few quick questions about hormones and your body.

Q: What is Irisin?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Irisin is a hormone that received very little attention until recently. It’s essentially an exercise-related hormone that burns fat. Not only does Irisin transform unhealthy white fat into body-boosting brown fat, it is also believed that it offers the brain protective benefits against age and injury.

Q: How does estrogen affect the body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen is most commonly thought of as the hormone that regulates the menstrual cycle and controls the physical features that differentiate women from men. It also plays a role in keeping your cholesterol levels down and making sure your bones stay healthy.

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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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