Dr. Williams Leads Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery

News From Parkwest Medical Center Bariatric surgery can often benefit morbidly obese people or those with obesity-related illnesses who have been unable to lose weight through other methods. Parkwest Medical Center’s Center for Bariatric Surgery is led by K. Robert Williams, MD, FACS, FASMBS, who is board certified in bariatric surgery with New Life Center […]

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Obesity is a Chronic Disease

According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults in the United States are obese. Obesity is a condition characterized by having too much fat in the body. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI), a person with a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. Factors Leading […]

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General Surgery is a Family Affair for Two Knox Brothers

Growing up, brothers Dr. K. Robert Williams and Dr. Kristopher B. Williams of Knoxville, never imagined they would one day both be physicians, must less – that they would be General surgeons working in the same practice and occasionally in the same Operating Room. “When we were little kids, I was going to be a […]

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Pregnancy after Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is growing in popularity as a choice for people who have struggled with obesity for years. Some age-appropriate women are especially interested in the benefits it may offer in relation to fertility. A study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing found that women with fertility problems linked to obesity […]

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PM: Preventive Medicine

When most of us hear PM, we think evening, afternoon, work is almost over or fun some just starting, or bedtime. When my husband (a maintenance man) hears PM, he think Preventive Maintenance – keep things oiled, lubed, and running well, fix problems before they occur. In the health care system we now have PMs […]

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Exercise and Travel: Can the Two Really Co-exist?

Spring is upon us and that means spring break travel for lots of people and the ever-looming summer vacations. Friends, family and patients ask me all the time, “How can I exercise when I travel?” For some, travel is not just something that happens seasonally or a few times a year but every month or […]

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Avoid Vacation Weight Gain

When you’re on vacation, it may be very easy to abandon the lifestyle changes you have been developing. The downside is, when you return home you often have feelings of guilt and remorse about the choices you made while on vacation. Then, as you follow-up with the office to weigh, the consequences show up on […]

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Vitamins and Minerals and the Bariatric Surgery Patient

Vitamins and minerals play an important role in weight control and management. Micronutrients assist in many of the processes that regulate appetite and hunger hormones, metabolic rate, nutrient absorption and storage, glucose homeostasis and more.

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Physical Activity/Exercise Guidelines

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released guidelines for physical activity/exercise in 2008.  Before the guidelines are discussed the difference between physical activity and exercise must be clearly defined.

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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Several types of sleep apnea exist, but the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea […]

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