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00rstips for surviving stress Uttleknown symptoms of diabetes /',A TRIATHLETE and avid marathon- Dr. Cory Bank (above) understands ,tress that comes with juggling tdtiple responsibilities. ,at we wanted? Maybe it is a bit dis- )pointing, but is it a catastrophe? A ttastrophe is when you wake up in ie. morning and your right leg and 9per row of teeth are missing and ameone stole your car! Keep it in r.spective. Feat Stress Instantly with Exercise ,.Research continues to support the ,tion that a brisk 15 minute walk in,reduce stress by raising serotonin :vels and releasing endorphins, nproving mood and lowering stress i,a result. Exercise also improves :robic capacity and increases energy .vels. Even the busiest of adults will n& 15 minutes per day is not much m ,to set aside. DAN KILL. 00tter night's sleep ,.. ,, Create a better sleep environ- meat. The ideal sleeping environment is-z cool room with no light. Rather than cranking the heat before going to bed, turn the heat down a little bit. Also, don't fall asleep with the televi- sion on. The television not only lights up 'a bedroom, but it's also a distrac- tign and can be an interruption after you've fallen asleep. ;;,,.. Don't work in the bedroom. A bedroom should be for sleeping. ,Spending time in bed working or ,eading can make it difficult to fall asleep when you want to. ;,- Stick to a sleep schedule. As noticed in the National Sleep Foundation poll mentioned above, ,sleep schedules vary on workdays" and non-workdays. However, the body runs best when it's on a regular ,sleep schedule, so try to stick to a " regular schedule as much as possible. On non-workdays, for example, try to ,wake up no more than an hour later than you would on a typical workday. ,,. Watch what you eat or drink .before going to bed. It's ideal to :aoid eating within three hours of ,going to bed. With respect to bever- .ages, avoid stimulants such as coffees .and soft drinks, replacing them with something more mild such as skim ,milk. 30od Health ecommends that individuals use the a 2.000-calorie diet, follow the rec- )ry,, -courtesy of the USDA ares) daily ,il.y,- ngly J Laugh On a Daily Basis In many instances, laughter truly is the best medicine. Like exercise, laughing releases endorphins and improves mood as a result. Laughing also enhances the immune system. What's more, with YouTube and other amenities just a mouse click away, adults and children alike can set up their own comedy break, com- plete with their favorites that are sure to induce a laugh or two. Avoid Emotional Vampires Emotional vampires are the people who suck the energy and enjoyment out of our lives. We all have them and they can certainly increase our levels of stress and jeopardize our health. By minimizing our time with them, we can decrease our stress levels dra- matically while simultaneously enjoying life more. Treat Yourself Once Daily Many of us probably have no problems with people asking for our time. However, to do one thing a day for ourselves that we enjoy might requires us to invest some time ini- tially until it becomes habitual. Try to aim for a few minutes a day and see if that can eventually extend to fifteen minutes daily or longer. Find activi- ties that are convenient and enjoy- able. Some examples might include talking to a friend, taking a warm bath, going for a little walk, writing, drawing, meditating, listening to music -- you get the idea. Fifteen minutes a day adds up to ninety hours a year! It takes very little time and is easy and enjoyable. For more tips on positively coping with stress, visit Dr. Bank at The symptoms of diabetes, includ- ing unquenchable thirst, fatigue, fre- quent visits to the bathroom, and tin- gling or numbness in the hands and feet, are generally well known. But did you know that diabetes can cause low libido in women? According to some studies, more than 40 percent of women complain of low sexual desire at some point. A woman's desires fluctuate naturally through the years and are based on life changes, including illness, preg- nancy or menopause. However, low libido could be a signal of diabetes and is worth further investigation by a doctor. But why? Diabetes is known to reduce blood flow to the vagina, causing dryness and impaired sensation, according to the American Diabetes Association. In addition, dehydration, a common side effect among diabetics, can reduce natural lubrication and make intercourse painful. Therefore intima- cy becomes less appealing. A recent study from Belgium reported that women with type l dia- betes have experienced some sexual difficulty. Findings also suggest depression as a key factor linked to problems with sexuality for women. If you do have low libido as a result of diabetes, just treating the disease by maintaining proper blood sugar levels may go a long way toward improving sex drive. There are other things you can do as well. Exercise in any form is known to increase libido. Therefore, get active. Eat a healthy variety of foods. Foods can keep the body in top form and fuel the neurological connections that make sex pleasurable. Intimacy is also reciprocally bene- ficial if you suffer a disease. Studies show that regular intimacy increases immunity from viruses, relieves stress and triggers the release of chemicals to improve mood and ease pain. Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise or diet regime n to improve diabetes symptoms or side effects. /Prairie WindMassaqe \\; Shiatsu Massage by Hisa Kilde "Your First Massaqe" 1/2 HOUR 1 HOUR $20.00 $30.00 Wide variety of vitamins, including all-natural supplements! CARLSON DRUG Your Locally Owned & Operated Thri.fty Ortonville, MN  II White Two Pharmacists 320-839-6102 Mike and Brian ml II Ilurug ro Serve You' Bierschbach Dental Windwater Suites 1203 E. 4th Ave. Ste. 103 Milbank, South Dakota 57252 Dr, E-maih Bierschbach 605-432-5032 Non. 8am - 5pm Tues. 7am - 12 noon : Wed. & Thur. 8am - 6pm Fri. 8am - 12 noon I ! Recognizing the symptoms of autism in children Few child health issues have got- ten more publicity in the 21st century than autism. A mental condition char- acterized by great difficulty forming relationships and communicating with other people, autism is present from early childhood. For parents of young children or even expecting parents, the increased publicity of autism has left many wondering what they can do with respect to their own children. The Autism Society of America notes par- ents should be on the lookout for the following symptoms, and consult a physician should any of them begin to appear. Difficulty in mixing with others. At times, autism can be a heartbreak- ing disorder for a sufferer's loved ones, mainly due to the difficulty autistic children have in communicat- ing and befriending other children. Lacking the capacity to communicate with others is one of the more preva- lent traits associated with autism. Parents of children who can't seem to mix with other children should con- sider consulting a physician. Inability verbalizing needs and wants. In lieu of speaking, autism sufferers often resort to pointing or gestures when expressing needs. While this is a common trait in many young children, it is abnormal for toddlers who have already developed language skills. Resistance to change. Autism sufferers insist on never breaking from their routine, a trait that was characterized in the 1988 film "Rain Man," where Dustin Hoffman's char- acter is an adult with autism who strongly resists change and breaking from his routine throughout the film. Not wanting to be cuddled or make eye contact. While these are separate traits, they both can be extremely difficult for parents to cope with, possibly making parents feel as though their child is not reciprocating their love. Children will react nega- tively to being hugged or cuddled and some autism sufferers refuse to make eye contact as well. Unresponsive to verbal cues. Children with autism often act as if they are deaf, despite hearing tests that show their hearing is in normal range. 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