Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day

   National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March.  Tomorrow is a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages all to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes. Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population. Lawrence County Memorial Hospital family practitioner Dr. Valerie Burns says type 2 diabetes is getting to be a bigger problem in the United States. Burns also says that there have been new developments in the last couple of years including new information and new medications.  Anyone with questions can call Dr. Burns at the hospital’s Primary Care Clinic at 943-7214 or the American Diabetes Association help line at 800-342-2383.