President Trump Is In "Excellent Health". How Does His Condition Compare To That Of His Fellow Citizens?

Date July 10, 2018 14:25

Back in January 2018, Donald Trump had his first medical exam as President. There were no surprising revelations in the report presented by the President’s physician, Ronny Jackson, who oversaw the exam. Dr. Jackson described Trump’s health as “excellent” and predicted that he would stay healthy for the rest of his term.


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Donald Trump is 72 now, and he hasn’t been a fan of healthy eating and exercise, but he does have a few good habits. There weren’t any particular findings during the exam that stood out, except elevated cholesterol. But how does the President’s health compare to that of his fellow citizens?


Let’s start with the good thing: The President doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol. Since smoking and drinking are major risk factors for heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, various types of cancer, and a whole host of other health problems, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Mr. Trump has managed to avoid them.


Trump weighs 239 pounds, and his height measures at 6 feet 3 inches. That gives him a BMI of 29.9, which is 0.1 point short of obesity. Dr. Jackson said he would work with the President to create an exercise program and modify his diet. Donald Trump himself had previously said he would like to lose 15-20 pounds.


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Sadly, obesity is a very common problem in the United States. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), 1 in 3 American adults are in the “overweight” category, and 1 in 3 adult Americans are obese.


Trumps levels of cholesterol are elevated, although he has been taking a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Trump’s LDL cholesterol, which is known as "bad cholesterol", is 143 mg/dL, which is considered borderline high.


According to the CDC, about 78 million American adults have cholesterol levels that are high enough to require treatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs. Trump’s use of statins puts him in the same category with 43 million American adults who need medicines to reduce their cholesterol and do take them.


Overall, Trump’s health is good for his age. We hope he does follow his doctors' recommendations to stay this healthy for many years to come!

Source: Business Insider, The Guardian, MedicalDaily

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