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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Amy Strobbe practices general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Strobbe trained at Largo Medical Center.

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Edward Capone practices family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Capone include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Capone is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Capone trained at Largo Medical Center. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Strobbe practices general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Injuries

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Strobbe's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Largo Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strobbe include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Strobbe honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Strobbe (or staff) speaks Croatian, Sign Language, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Young practices general internal medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Young accepts. He studied medicine at Spain. He 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.
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