Archives for August 2015

Women’s Health Expert Marla Ahlgrimm – Physical Activity Decreases Breast Cancer Risk

Marla AhlgrimmThere’s no question that exercise is good for our physical and mental health, says pharmacist and women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Experts also tell us that exercise is good for treating many conditions, such as obesity and arthritis, to name a few. Now we can add breast cancer to the list.  Scientists have discovered that exercise alters the way estrogen is metabolized. Because estrogen drives most breast cancers, research suggests that routine physical activity may lower the risk of breast cancer.

Here’s how it works. During exercise, more blood gets pumped to the liver where your body detoxifies many things, including excess estrogen. This is an important step because too much estrogen tends to cause breast cells to divide too quickly, says Marla Ahlgrimm. When breast cells are dividing too fast, they make more genetic mistakes which can lead to cancer.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Tips for Women on Choosing a Gynecologist

Marla AhlgrimmFor many women, a gynecologist is one of their most important personal health connections, says women’s health expert, Marla Ahlgrimm. An annual exam that may include counseling, evaluation, breast exam and cancer screenings is highly recommended for women of all ages.

There are numerous life events that can cause a woman to seek out a new gynecologist. Doctors retire. Insurance carriers change benefits. New jobs present different coverage. Whatever the reason, this research process can be awkward and tricky. How does a woman start the process of finding the right physician?

Most women value the bedside manner of their GYN above all else, shares  pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. While all doctors should be compassionate and respectful, those important qualities are particularly crucial for professionals working in such a sensitive specialty. Expect a gynecologist to consider your concerns and questions, listen well, explain actions and offer advice clearly and calmly.

Credentials

Finding the right GYN begins with an extensive research process.  The chosen physician must possess strong listening skills while treating patients with the ultimate respect and compassion. Before embarking on this extensive search, Marla Ahlgrimm recommends that women pay close attention to the expertise, experience and education of the doctor.

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