Trump Doc Releases Candidate's Health Stats

Donald is in 'excellent physical health,' Dr. Harold Bornstein says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2016 11:09 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday in Canton, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Donald Trump reportedly offered a few snippets about his health during his sit-down with Dr. Mehmet Oz on Wednesday (set to air Thursday), but the GOP nominee's personal physician released a more comprehensive overview in a medical note Thursday, Politico reports. Hopefully spending more than the five minutes he says he put into his first assessment of Trump's health, Dr. Harold Bornstein issued a letter, dated Sept. 13, that stated he'd been examining Trump since 1980 and that his patient is in "excellent physical health." After noting that Trump had been hospitalized only once in his entire life (for an appendectomy at age 11), Bornstein got into the nitty-gritty on the rest of Trump's stats, including detailed laboratory results.

To wit: Trump is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 236 pounds, putting him on the high end of "overweight"—which an Indiana University medical professor tells Yahoo puts him at risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Trump also takes a cholesterol-lowering drug. But Bornstein notes Trump's liver and thyroid are functioning normally, his last colonoscopy went well, he's got normal testosterone levels, and he doesn't drink or smoke. The Trump campaign issued a statement Thursday, noting Trump's latest physical took place on Friday and that he has the "stamina" not only to make it "uninterrupted" through "the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign" but also to hold down the "singularly demanding job" of president. The "uninterrupted" phrasing seems to be a dig at Hillary Clinton's bout with pneumonia. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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