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Results of Trump's Physical Are In

'Very good health overall,' but the president is technically obese
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2019 6:24 PM CST
President Trump smiles in this November 2018 file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The good news for President Trump is that the doctor who performed last week's medical exam pronounced the 72-year-old to be in "very good health overall." The bad news is that Trump gained 4 pounds from last year, enough to qualify him as technically obese, reports NPR. Trump is 6-3 and weighs 243 pounds, giving him a body mass index of 30.4. The cutoff for obesity is 30. Last year, Dr. Ronny Jackson urged Trump to lose 10 pounds, given that he had fallen just below the obesity mark. Instead, the president, whose main form of exercise is golf, gained a little weight. Still, Trump "is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond," wrote this year's doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, per USA Today. Other details:

  • Blood pressure: 118/80, about the same as last year's 122/74.
  • Cholesterol: Trump's LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, dropped from 142 to 122, perhaps the result of increasing the dosage of his anti-cholesterol medication. His HDL, or "good" cholesterol, dropped from 67 to 58.
  • Vaccines: Trump got routine shots for pneumonia and shingles.
  • No changes: "There has been no interval change to the President's medical or surgical history," Conley wrote, per Fox News. "There were no findings of significance or changes to report on his physical exam, including the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth/gums, heart, lungs, skin, gastrointestinal and neurologic systems."
(Last year's doctor nearly became head of the VA.)

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