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Marla Ahlgrimm on Menopause and How Men Are Affected by Hormone Decline

September 29, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmThe endocrine system is an important part of our body. Essentially a network of glands which produce hormones our bodies need for everything from sexual function to metabolism. But as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, different life stages have the endocrine system working in different ways.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the biggest change to a woman’s endocrine system comes at menopause. This is when the ovaries, which are controlled by the endocrine system, start to produce lower volumes of progesterone and estrogen. In turn, her pituitary gland begins producing follicle stimulating hormone in an effort to compensate. Menopause is a normal part of life but one that comes with unpleasant side effects.

Marla Ahlgrimm describes the vast majority of menopausal symptoms as bothersome and potentially harmful to a woman’s self-esteem and mental health. These include hot flashes, the feeling of being suddenly engulfed in heat; vaginal dryness and decreased libido, which can harm a woman’s sex life; insomnia; and osteoporosis, a degenerative disease of the bones that puts a woman at greater risk of breaks and fractures.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | The Basics of Women’s Health

September 16, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmWomen don’t have the same health needs as men and these needs change with age. Keep reading as Marla Ahlgrimm covers a few basic aspects of women’s health.

Women and men are subject to many of the same health concerns, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Cold, flus, injuries, and chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer are universal. But women alone experience menopause, pregnancy, and conditions that affect the female reproductive system. Women are also at risk for cervical and breast cancer and are overwhelmingly more susceptible to bone density concerns – specifically osteoporosis.

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Sun and Skin: a QA with Marla Ahlgrimm

September 7, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmWhile the sun has numerous health benefits, including increasing your body’s production of vitamin D and warding off depression, Marla Ahlgrimm explains that too much exposure to UV radiation can have serious consequences for your skin.

Q: What causes uneven pigmentation?

Marla Ahlgrimm: When the skin is exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time, it automatically increases production of melanin. This is the pigment that gives your skin a suntanned appearance. Over time, a pigmentation increase can result in dark spots. The sun can also damage small blood vessels, giving your skin a red hue.

Q: Can people with naturally dark skin still get sunburned?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely. Increased melanin, which is present in the epidermis, provides added protection against the sun. However, those with darker skin, such as African-American, Latino, and Eastern European people, can still experience sunburn and subsequent skin damage.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Cold Weather Affects Thyroid Hormone

August 28, 2018

Marla AhlgrimmCool weather is on its way and Marla Ahlgrimm, a retired women’s health entrepreneur and hormone expert, says cold temps can change the way our bodies produce certain hormones. Specifically, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system. Thyroid hormone regulates the body’s ability to metabolize calories and thus how well it utilizes the energy derived from food. People with clinical thyroid disorders may experience significant weight gain, excessive fatigue, and other health concerns. The thyroid plays a part in many of the body’s systems and for this reason proper diagnosis is paramount to preserving a person’s overall health.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, seasonal changes within the body may lead to an overabundance of hypothyroidism diagnoses. She explains that TSH, which is produced by the pituitary glands and serve the primary function of regulating the thyroid, is produced in higher levels during the late fall and winter season. High levels of TSH may cause symptoms similar to hypothyroidism, such as weight gain and fatigue.

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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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