Donald Trump in 'excellent' health: White House doctor says after exam

Donald Trump in 'excellent' health: White House doctor says after exam

Donald Trump in 'excellent' health: White House doctor says after exam

"The President is in excellent health", said Jackson after he conducted the first physical exam of the 45th President of the United states.

"The President's physical exam today went exceptionally well", Dr. Ronnie Jackson said in a brief statement.

Jackson will take questions from reporters on the president's health on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump was 70 when he took office on January 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation's highest office.

While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor's report declaring they are "fit for duty".

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How much of Trump's health information is released to the public is up to the president, but Sanders said she expects the White House to release the same kind of details past presidents have made public.

The exam is a standard one that anyone in their 70s would have - checking cholesterol and lipid (fat-like substances found in the blood) levels, evaluating blood pressure, vision and sight function, and screening for cancer, heart disease and any other age-related issue.

The released details of the physical exam could finally lay to rest a mystery surrounding Mr Trump's exact height. "I'll be very surprised if it doesn't".

But, Mr Trump leads a largely sedentary lifestyle compared to his most recent predecessors, and has said he gets most of his exercise playing golf.

Dr. Roy Buchinsky, an internal medicine physician and director of corporate health and executive wellness at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, said there are cognitive tests that a general practitioner can perform, such as asking a patient to draw a clock or asking them a few questions.

Instead, the two-hour exam will include blood and urine tests, heart checks and questions about Trump's sleeping habits and sex life.

And his diet isn't known to have changed from the high-calorie dishes he has favored in the past: well-done steak with ketchup, meatloaf, hamburgers, vanilla ice cream, salads with blue cheese dressing and chocolate cake. He doesn't smoke or drink alcohol. He reportedly downs 12 Diet Cokes a day.

As he pointed out, "It's been shown that people age twice as quickly when you're in the president's office". "So everyone wants to keep him in, they want to silence the doctor", Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as White House physician for Bush and Clinton, told CNN in 2015.

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