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College of Medicine physician reports poor economy and stress as major factors leading to increased number of U.S. diabetics
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
With 20 million people in the United States living with diabetes, UCF Pegasus Health, the physician practice for the UCF College of Medicine, has added Endocrinologist Angela Mazza, D.O., to its clinical and teaching staff.
Dr. Mazza is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology; with clinical interests in diabetes prevention, early detection and individualized treatment plans that reduce disease-related complications.
“Diabetes has become one of the most common, complex chronic diseases of our time for all age groups,” said Dr. Mazza. “And the potential for debilitating complications increases exponentially when the disease isn’t properly managed.”
“We’ve seen the number of newly diagnosed people rising year after year, with increased stress resulting from the poor economy as a major contributing factor,” she said. “When people are worried about their jobs or are out of work, those with genetic predispositions or health conditions that lead to diabetes tend to become more insulin resistant.”
However, Dr. Mazza said, there are exciting developments around early detection methods for adult onset diabetes, which signal the immediate need for lifestyle changes that may prevent full onset of the disease. But if the disease does progress, physicians are able to individualize treatment plans to avoid many complications that once had life-altering consequences.
“Obviously, we can’t change our genetic markers, but most people can make simple lifestyle changes that help reduce the risks of developing Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes,” she said. Some of the changes include reducing the amount of sugar in our diets, adding exercise to our daily routines, managing stress and getting regular checkups to monitor blood glucose levels.
Deborah German, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UCF College of Medicine, said, “Dr. Mazza is an important addition to UCF Pegasus Health as we continue expanding our services to meet the growing needs of our community. Diabetes is a major health concern that impacts far too many lives, and Dr. Mazza’s research and clinical expertise fits perfectly with our commitment of providing Central Florida residents with the best medical resources our profession has to offer.”
Dr. Mazza earned her Doctor of Osteopathy Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in For Lauderdale; and completed her fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Saint Louis University. Most recently, she served as the medical director for the Florida Hospital Diabetes Program.
“I’m excited and humbled to join such an outstanding team of clinicians and College of Medicine faculty at UCF Pegasus Health,” Dr. Mazza said. “Patients are clearly at the center of everything they do, and nothing works better for diabetes prevention and management than a patient-centered approach.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mazza, call (407) 266-DOCS (3627). She sees patients at UCF Pegasus Health, located at 3400 Quadrangle Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817.
About Angela Mazza, O.D.
Dr. Mazza is an assistant professor at the UCF College of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes prevention, early detection and individualized disease management. Dr. Mazza sees patients at UCF Pegasus Health, the faculty physician medical practice of the UCF College of Medicine.
About UCF Pegasus Health
As part of the UCF College of Medicine, UCF Pegasus Health was developed as a way to provide individualized, multidisciplinary health care based on the latest medical advancements. Staffed by faculty physicians, patients can receive primary and specialized care at our medical facility located at 3400 Quadrangle Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817. Specialties include sports medicine, internal medicine, endocrinology, cardiology & cardiovascular testing, geriatrics, rheumatology, neurology and nephrology. For more information call (407) 266-DOCS or visit http://www.UCFPegasusHealth.org.
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