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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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Marla Ahlgrimm Stresses Importance of Infant Hearing Screenings

April 20, 2016

Marla AhlgrimmSome birth defects are not visible, explains Marla Ahlgrimm. Some of these, however, such as problems of the ear that affect hearing, can have a profound effect on a child’s ability to communicate. Ahlgrimm says that infant hearing screenings are a valuable tool for all parents and answers questions about the process and benefits of early intervention.

Q: When should my baby have her hearing checked?

Marla Ahlgrimm: All hospitals now offer audio screenings shortly after birth, before mother and child are released from care. Children born outside of a medical facility should be tested as soon as possible by their pediatrician or a hearing specialist. The CDC recommends hearing tests before one month of age with a follow up scheduled no later than three months of age if issues are suspected.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Turn Down the Volume to Prevent Hearing Loss

March 15, 2016

Marla AhlgrimmHearing loss attributed to age can’t be avoided, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is 100% preventable. In this brief question and answer article, Ahlgrimm explains the difference and offers advice on ways to avoid NIHL.

Q: What is NIHL?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Noise-induced hearing loss is just that, hearing loss associated with exposure to noise above 85 decibels. To put that into perspective, a vacuum cleaner runs at approximately 75 decibels so anything louder than that can damage the inner ear.

Q: When are people exposed to prolonged noises?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Recreational activities are the biggest culprits. Live concerts, motorcycles, and firecrackers are all well above the 85 decibel threshold. Previously, NIHL was diagnosed most frequently among those whose jobs mandated noise exposure, such as those working in machine shops or in construction. Over the last fifty years, noise has been recognized as an occupational hazard and is highly regulated. NIHL is still prevalent among active and retired military personnel.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Reveals Surprising Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

February 19, 2016

Marla AhlgrimmRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful autoimmune disease that leaves joints stiff and weak. And it affects women three times as much as men. Women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm says the reasons aren’t fully understood but researchers continue to seek answers. Here, Ahlgrimm discusses this common form of arthritis.

Q: What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Marla Ahlgrimm: RA (also known as atrophic arthritis) is a chronic inflammatory syndrome that presents with pain and swelling in the joints. It most commonly affects the feet and hands but may spread if left untreated. Severe RA may also cause bone erosion and deformities.

Q: Who gets RA?

Marla Ahlgrimm: RA, like other autoimmune diseases, is diagnosed in both men and women. However, women are identified as having rheumatoid arthritis three times more often than men. Of the 50 million Americans currently suffering from arthritis, 1.5 million of these cases are RA.

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