Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Why Is “That Time Of The Month” So Painful?

Marla Ahlgrimm

We’ve all had cramps, but some women have them worse than others. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, science is not 100% sure what causes excruciating pain in some women. However, there are several things that we can all do to ease discomfort. 
 
Is Cramping Caused By Hormones? 
 
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that the most likely cause of most menstrual cramps is in excess of certain hormones released from the endometrium (the uterine lining). Some cramping may be caused by secondary conditions, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Women’s Mental Health Matters

Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm discusses the differences in mental health between the genders. 
 
There are obvious physical differences between the sexes. However, there are also differences that are not as easy to see with the naked eye. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, men and women develop differently from birth, and everything from societal roles to hormones impact their mental health. There are significant differences that are worth exploring. 
 
Depression and anxiety 
 
Marla Ahlgrimm says that women tend to experience depression twice as often as men. In addition to genetics and expected roles, gender biases that result in lower wages and thus greater economic struggles also contribute to the higher instances of major depressive disorders. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Marla Ahlgrimm on Graves Disease

Marla Ahlgrimm

The hormone disorder hypothyroidism can be caused by many conditions, says Marla Ahlgrimm. One of these is Graves’ disease. 
 
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, when you have Graves’ disease, your thyroid gland becomes vulnerable to attacks by your immune system. Your body is then forced to make more thyroid hormones, and certain functions speed up. Around 90% of all cases of hyperthyroidism are caused by Graves’ disease, which is most common in women aged 30 and older. 

Monday, April 11, 2022

Marla Ahlgrimm Explains Microneedling

Marla Ahlgrimm
Micro-needling is a popular cosmetic procedure, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, it also has healing benefits for women with certain skin issues. 
 
What is microneedling? 
 
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that microneedling is the process of using a device to poke thousands of thin, shallow holes in the face or other part of the body. The body then gets to work sending collagen to repair the damage. Many people use this procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to promote skin elasticity. 
 
Beyond Vanity 
 
While microneedling is mostly associated with anti-aging, there are other skin conditions that it can help treat. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that women with adult acne, hyperpigmentation, scars, and sun damage may find that microneedling can reduce these issues. It may also be helpful for women suffering from alopecia to help regrow hair. 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Marla Ahlgrimm On The Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety

Marla Ahlgrimm
We often think of stress and anxiety as only affecting our mood and emotions. However, there are many physical symptoms that can’t be ignored. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, anxiety disorders, including PTSD and social anxiety, can take a toll on the body. Keep reading for more insight. 
 
Q: What are some of the physical side-effects of anxiety? 
 
Marla Ahlgrimm: One of the first is a racing heart. When you are feeling anxious or stressed, your adrenal glands kick in and produce more adrenaline than normal. This gives your body the ability to flood your muscles with blood, which is a biological advantage that gives you a bit more strength so that you can fight or flee from threat. Shortness of breath and stomach pain are also common. 

Q: Why do I have trouble sleeping when I’m anxious? 
 
Marla Ahlgrimm: Adrenaline might be a culprit here as well. In addition to your mind racing, your body produces more hormones when you’re stressed. Cortisol is another potential contender when it comes to placing blame on your sleepless nights. The added coffee drink in the mornings after you don’t get enough sleep can also contribute to your lack of sleep the next night. 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Certain People? Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm

It’s springtime, and that means warmer weather, more sunshine, and mosquitoes. Unfortunately, while some people will be blissfully unaware of their presence, others experience mosquito bites every time they open the front door. 
 
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, there are many different reasons why mosquitoes favor one individual over another. Two of these are size and blood type. Larger humans, such as men or people who are overweight, have more surface area and also emit more carbon dioxide. Blood type plays a role as well, with type O individuals getting bit twice as often as their type A friends and family. Regardless of blood type, people who secrete chemicals (not everyone does) that mosquitoes can smell that show their blood type are more likely to get bitten. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Marla Ahlgrimm: What Is A Basic Metabolic Panel?

Most of us have had our blood drawn at some point in our lives. But, Marla Ahlgrimm says we often don’t question what our healthcare providers are looking for, we just close our eyes, grit our teeth, and let them take the blood. 
 
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the most common blood draw is for a basic metabolic panel. This is a simple examination of your blood that takes a look at eight different substances. Your healthcare provider will measure glucose to check that your body is getting enough (but not too much) sugar to ensure that your brain and body can function correctly. 
 
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that a basic metabolic panel also looks for calcium, a crucial mineral. If your blood does not contain enough calcium, you may have difficulty clotting during an injury. Lesser-known but equally important is blood urea nitrogen, also known as BUN. This is a waste product that’s removed from the blood by the kidneys. 
 
A basic metabolic panel further measures electrolytes, including chloride, bicarbonate, potassium, and sodium.