Monday, February 25, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm: Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Marla Ahlgrimm
The follicle stimulating hormone is one that doesn’t get a lot of attention, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But despite its relative obscurity, it’s an important hormone to be familiar with.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the follicle stimulating hormone is essential to the healthy growth and development of males and females during puberty. It triggers the growth of follicles in the ovarian tubes in women and is part of the process that allows young men to begin producing sperm.

Follicle stimulating hormone is made and released by the pituitary gland and is part of the hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis. Follicle stimulating hormone is distributed throughout the body via the blood. In addition to controlling some aspects of puberty, Marla Ahlgrimm explains that this hormone has ebbs and tides throughout a woman’s reproductive cycle. As levels fall to the end of the menstrual cycle, the follicle stimulating hormone and others trigger additional production in the pituitary gland.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm on Medicare Part D

Marla Ahlgrimm
Seniors age 65 and older typically rely on Medicare for their health needs. However, while Medicare is a valuable asset, it’s not a comprehensive solution, and there are gaps. One area Medicare lacks significantly is in drug coverage. Part A and B, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, don’t provide any financial assistance with prescription medications. Most seniors choose to purchase a separate Medicare Part D plan or enroll in Medicare Advantage, which often includes prescription coverage.

Q: What is Medicare part D?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage and is separate from hospital and doctor insurance. Those enrolled Original Medicare may purchase a prescription plan at an added cost. For 2019, Medicare Part D premiums tend to average around $30 per month.

Q: Does Part D cover all prescriptions?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Not necessarily, and seniors are often responsible for a copayment even when drugs are covered. The vast majority of seniors wishing for prescription drug coverage choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, which is also a form of private insurance.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm: Advancements in DNA Sequencing and Health

Marla Ahlgrimm
Genetic testing has become available to the masses thanks the companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com. Marla Ahlgrimm says this has given individuals more power to take control of their health since many of the tests are FDA-Approved to screen for genetic markers associated with health conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. In 2018, Michigan State University researchers took things one step further.

Q: What can DNA predict?

Marla Ahlgrimm: People inherit DNA from both of the parents, who, in turn, inherited DNA from their parents and so on. It’s widely accepted that children inherit approximately 50% of their genes from their mother and 50% from their father. These genes share markers with certain populations that can help predict things such as eye color, skin tone, and an individual’s region of genetic origin. But they can also offer insight into more important subjects, such as medical risk.