Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Pharmacist a Career Path Worth Walking

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm spent the better part of four decades in the world of medicine. The retired pharmacist says she wouldn’t trade a moment of her long career. Here, Ahlgrimm shares information for young women interested in a career behind the pharmacy counter.

Q: What does a pharmacist do?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A pharmacist is an expert in drug dosage, chemical reactions, and regulation. He or she fills prescriptions given to patients by their primary or special healthcare provider. A pharmacist will consult with individual patients to determine any potential reactions between current medications and their new prescription and may work with their doctor to change their prescriptions based on what they find.

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

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.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Shares the Best and Worst Foods of Summer

Marla AhlgrimmSummer is here and that means hot days, warm night, and cool treats. It’s also means fresh garden fare, barbeques, and a desire to avoid the oven. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm offers a quick rundown on what foods to keep to a minimum and which to enjoy as much as possible while Mother Nature is in a giving mood:

Cool treats

Ice cream is an iconic afternoon snack during the summer. But it can also derail your diet and damage your teeth. Marla Ahlgrimm says it’s okay to indulge every once in a while but try swapping the majority of your dairy-based desserts with fresh, frozen fruit pops. Simply puree your favorite fruits and freeze onto fun shapes or on popsicle molds.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Summer Health Hazards that Have Nothing to do with the Sun

Marla AhlgrimmSunburn and skin cancer are the primary villains of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But the retired women’s health specialist says UV rays aren’t the only thing you should be on the lookout for.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, summer is ripe with hidden dangers that make you want to stay indoors. Of course, you should take advantage of the warm weather but with a cautious eye.

Bee stings

Marla Ahlgrimm says bee/wasps stings are usually not harmful but young children who’ve never felt this exclusive-to-summer pain should be watched carefully when outdoors, especially if barefoot. Bee stings may trigger a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Hives, pale skin, and itching may be followed by difficulty breathing; have any symptoms that extend beyond a localized reaction checked out ASAP.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: 5 Tips for Summer Garden Safety

Marla AhlgrimmThe promise of fresh, chemical-free fruits and veggies is one of the greatest joys of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But before you begin your gardening for the season, keep in mind that the probability for accidents, injuries, and other issues also grows as the days get longer. Here are five ways to stay safe:

  1. Block the sun.

There is one thing all vegetable gardens have in common and that’s the need for full sun. Marla Ahlgrimm says this means you’ll be exposed to more UV rays than you really need. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF or at least 15; SPF 30 or 50.

  1. Watch for pests.

Bugs not only want to munch on your tomatoes, many will see you as a moving feast. Specifically, ticks and mosquitoes. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that you can reduce your chances of exposure to Lyme disease and other bug-borne illnesses by wearing long sleeves and pants and applying bug spray before you grab your gloves.   Continue reading

Marla Ahlgrimm | Q & A on Ticks and Lyme Disease

Marla AhlgrimmThere are hundreds of thousands of cases of Lyme disease reported each year. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, that number could be much higher as many people mistake its symptoms for other conditions. Here, the Wisconsin-based women’s healthcare expert and retired pharmacist answers a few common questions about ticks and Lyme disease.

Q: What are ticks?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Ticks are a small eight-legged insects found throughout the United States. The most dangerous are Brown deer ticks, which are about the size of a match head and inhabit wooded in grassy areas. Black-legged ticks are approximately the same size and are also known to transmit Lyme disease.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: The Problem With Antifungal Resistance

Marla AhlgrimmYeast infections are a fact of life for more than 75 percent of women. Marla Ahlgrimm says that overaggressive treatment may be making them worse in the long-term as the human body learns to resist certain antifungal medications.

We all know that taking too many antibiotics can make them less effective. But now research suggests that women who experience regular yeast infections may become less able to heal when using azoles, a type of antifungal medications commonly used to treat this troublesome condition.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, azoles are usually the go-to first line of defense against vaginal infections. However, over-use has created an epidemic of resistance, leaving women at the mercy of stronger medications with potentially unwelcomed side effects. That’s assuming the body responds to treatment at all.

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