Annual presidential physical is due; what will it tell us?
| Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN – President Donald Trump, the oldest President elected in US history at the age of 70, underwent his first presidential physical last January. [Ronald Reagan was 73 when re-elected. – Ed.]
From last year’s exam, we learned Trump’s blood pressure was normal but there was concern regarding both his cholesterol and weight.
In fact, his then reported 239 pounds put him just shy of being obese, according to CDC guidelines.
What we know about President Trump’s health
His lipid panel indicated that his HDL (or “good”) cholesterol level was within the desired range.
Both his total level of cholesterol and LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol, however, were considered to be borderline high.
While Trump isn’t unique in having high cholesterol, it’s definitely a health concern. We know that high cholesterol increases risk for heart disease. Concerned About Cholesterol? 5 Ways To Help
We also learned that in addition to a statin, Trump was taking a daily multi-vitamin, Propecia for hair loss, a daily aspirin for cardiac health, and a cream for Rosacea. a skin condition characterized by persistent redness in the face.
“Some people have just great genes”
Despite these factors, then-White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson was quite optimistic about the health of the President.
He pointed out in his report that the First Patient did not have a family history of heart disease and credited the President’s history of “a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol” as key to mitigating the concerns of heart disease. Trump has been known to take a rare sip of wine here and there, but generally doesn’t drink.
Jackson told reporters: “It’s called genetics. I don’t know. Some people have just great genes.” Jackson effusively added, “I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.” Read more.
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