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John Di Maggio is on His Third Wardrobe

In 2012, John Di Maggio had reached a peak weight of 505 pounds. He had diabetes mellitus, requiring treatment with three different anti-diabetic medicines. He also suffered from hypertension and hyperlipidemia, and required daily treatment with an ACE Inhibitor along with taking cholesterol lowering medication.
“I was clinically depressed,” John admits. “I couldn’t fit comfortably into […]

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Lap-Band Procedure — Benefits for Years to Come

A recent study looked at the safety and effectiveness of the Lap Band, over five years. This was a multi-center clinical trial, and focused on patients with a BMI of 30–39.9. The findings overall were that Lap-Band patients experienced significant weight loss and beneficial health outcomes.
In the study, about 150 patients underwent Lap-Band surgery and were followed for […]

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Weight Loss Can Reverse Heart Damage

You’ve likely heard that obesity is linked to heart disease. But did you know that losing weight can potentially reverse damage to your heart caused by obesity? New research showed that weight loss from bariatric surgery can lead to improvements in the cardiovascular system. It is important to note that weight loss achieved through lifestyle interventions did […]

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Happy New Year from Provost Bariatrics!

Did you make any resolutions? Studies show that about 150 million Americans make a new year’s resolution. Only 8% of them end up ‘succeeding’ in this effort, with 25% of people saying that they didn’t even stick with their resolution for one week into January. The resolution to lose weight is always one of the most frequently […]

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Knees Can Be Saved

Do you experience knee pain? If so, you’re far from alone. Knee pain is so common that it’s responsible for 1/3 of all muscle and bone pain doctor visits in the US, according to WebMD. Our knees are our biggest joint, and the one that is the most likely to be injured. Pain in our […]

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Surgery Recovery

Obesity is not a cosmetic condition. Many people underestimate the health conditions associated with excess weight, and that is why Provost Bariatrics is here. Dr. Provost and his team are dedicated to helping patients lose weight primarily because of the health benefits that come from that weight loss. Obesity is a dangerous disease, and even […]

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Safer Pregnancy

If you are thinking about getting pregnant, your weight may be a factor in both getting pregnant, as well as your health during pregnancy, and even the weight of your child. You’ve likely heard about risks of pregnancy in women who are obese: “Gestational diabetes, high blood-pressure, pre-eclampsia, depression, forceps, vacuum and caesarean birth, and […]

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Teens See Lasting Success with Bariatric Surgery

Even though obesity is the second leading preventable cause of death in our country, the treatment for obesity is often met with disagreement. In particular, there’s always been disagreement about how to treat teens with obesity. Should they be offered bariatric surgery – which is known to be the safest and most successful way of losing […]

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Brain Responses to Food-Related Words

When many people think about obesity, they unfairly associate it with a lack of willpower or laziness. What people – and even many healthcare providers – don’t understand, is that obesity is a very complex disease. This is why patients are often relieved when they meet with a physician like Dr. Provost, who is dedicated to the […]

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Bariatric Surgery

Patients who are obese and have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – generally Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis – may wonder if bariatric surgery is an appropriate option for them. In 2012, researchers presented data at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) conference, showing that IBD should not be considered a reason to avoid bariatric […]

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