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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Brooksville, FL.

Dr. Amy Marie Strobbe, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Amy Strobbe specializes in general internal medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Dr. Strobbe obtained her medical school training at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Largo Medical Center. She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Strobbe accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: PET Scan, Hypertension, Physical Therapy Treatment, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, MRI, CT Scan

Dr. Edward Anthony Capone, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Edward Capone is a family medicine practitioner. These areas are among Dr. Capone's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Largo Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Capone honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Facet Injection, Physical ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas Dale Strobbe, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Strobbe sees patients in Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Brooksville, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Strobbe's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Strobbe studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Injuries

Dr. Michael Steven Strobbe, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Strobbe sees patients in Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Brooksville, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Strobbe completed a residency program at Largo Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Strobbe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Croatian, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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Dr. Robert Allen Young, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Young's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Young is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Spain. Dr. Young is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Skin Lesions, Asthma, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.