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Marla Ahlgrimm | How to Cope with Hot Flashes

August 19, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmSummer is winding down but women in the throes of menopause are still feeling the heat. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, hot flashes are one of the more common symptoms experienced throughout the process.

Hot flash, says Marla Ahlgrimm, are when the body suddenly feels overwhelmed with heat. They can happen any time of day but are most bothersome at night. Night sweats, a common side effect of hot flashes and menopause, can keep a woman from sleeping and create discomfort when at rest. It is important to note that while the sensation is not dangerous, chronic insomnia can have negative health effects.

Triggers for hot flashes include smoking and wearing tight, synthetic fabrics. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that drinking coffee or alcohol and eating spicy cuisine can also cause hot flashes. Women who are under a great deal of stress and those who keep their home warm throughout the night may experience more hot flashes than others.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Men and Women, Our Differences Explained

August 5, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmMen and women are equal but different, says women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Understanding the physical differences between the sexes can help us better manage our health.

Breast

Why do women have large breast while men only have pectoral muscles visible? Marla Ahlgrimm says that is likely an evolutionary trait to help signal to a man when a women is able to bear children. Breast are filled with fatty deposits that don’t enhance the breastfeeding experience but the structure of the breasts changes with age. Pre-pubescent girls and post-menopausal women lack volume. From an evolutionary standpoint, women with full, fatty breasts are likely to make the best mates.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Oral Contraceptives May Help Control Acne in Women

March 18, 2017

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm explains that traditional birth control pills may offer a number of benefits for women. For example, the hormone combination in oral contraceptives may help improve acne in certain women.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, dual estrogen and progestin pills can lessen acne in women whose skin problems are caused by the hormonal changes triggered each month during the menstrual cycle. Birth control pills are typically considered safe and effective for women of all ages. According to the CDC, approximately 62% of childbearing-age women in the United States utilize oral contraceptives for birth control or other purposes.

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Lifestyle and Home Remedies for PMS Self-Care | Marla Ahlgrimm

February 20, 2017

Marla AhlgrimmFor many women, the pain and discomfort of Mother Nature’s monthly visits is a major cause of anxiety every 28 days. However, according to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, a few simple lifestyle changes may ease symptoms such as bloating and stress.

Modify mealtime

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that eating smaller meals spread out throughout the day can reduce the agonizing abdominal bloat that plagues many PMS sufferers. Likewise, she reports that reducing salt intake can lessen fluid retention and abdominal distention. Foods with a high level of complex carbohydrates (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, etc.) offer energy that can be easily digested. Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar should be consumed in moderation.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Myths Surrounding Men and Menopause

January 16, 2017

Marla AhlgrimmMenopause is typically considered something of concern only for women 50 years and older, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, there are a number of men who claim to suffer from male menopause.

“Male menopause” a misnomer

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the term male menopause refers to a man’s natural decline in testosterone over the course of many years. Unlike menopause, which sees a woman’s hormone stores decline rapidly with dramatic health changes, most men don’t suffer any extreme or unexpected side effects related to androgen declination.

Testosterone’s downward slope

Testosterone levels among men vary greatly and can change throughout their life. Marla Ahlgrimm asserts, however, that older men typically have lower testosterone levels than their 20-something counterparts. It is estimated that a man loses approximately 1% of his testosterone levels every year past his 30th birthday.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Cautions Against Over-Exercising

June 10, 2016

Marla AhlgrimmYou’ve got three weeks until your beach vacation but you’d feel more comfortable dressed for an Alaskan cruise than the Caribbean coast. What’s a woman to do? According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one thing you shouldn’t do is jump into an intense exercise program. Read on for the reason.

Q: I need to get in shape fast. Why shouldn’t I hit the gym?

Marla Ahlgrimm: You should exercise and participate in plenty of physical activity. But, the body can only adapt appropriately if given time to adjust to new movements. Jumping headfirst into a grueling workout can actually do more harm than good. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes here.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Zika Virus

May 16, 2016

Marla AhlgrimmZika is a virus, typically spread via mosquito bites. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, it is a mild illness but can have profound effects on some of our most vulnerable: unborn babies. Read on for Ahlgrimm’s response to the current Zika scare.

Q: How is Zika contracted?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Zika, like its better-known cousin West Nile Virus, is a mosquito-borne illness. It is spread through the bite of an infected insect. The mosquitos that carry Zika are opportunistic creatures that can breed in even the smallest locations, preferring human-populated areas to swamp and marshland. Zika may also be spread via sexual intercourse.

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