Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

White House doc to provide more details about President's health

White House doc to provide more details about President's health

US President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday (Jan 16).

Mr Trump underwent the medical exam at Walter Reed National Medical Centre last week and Dr Jackson issued a blanket declaration that Mr Trump was in "excellent health".

He also reports the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds - three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016, the last time Trump revealed his weight to the public.

Mr Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.

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

"When Dick Durbin called me I had tears of rage when I heard about his experience in this meeting, and for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues. when tens of millions of Americas are hurting right now because of what they're anxious about what happened in the White House, that's unacceptable to me!"

Jackson told reporters Trump scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a "cognitive screening test created to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease". Tom Cotton and David Purdue, who were both at the White House meeting, said the President did not say "sh-hole". But Trump's exam has taken on heightened scrutiny amid questions about his mental fitness.

"The president is very healthy and will remain so for the duration of his presidency", Jackson said at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's really an honour for me", said Nasreddine, now affiliated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities in Quebec.

"I don't think Donald is racist at all", the president's first wife told "Good Morning Britain" on Monday.

Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump's bad cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143. A BMI of 30 and over is considered obese.

It comes after White House doctor Ronny Jackson found the US President to be 190 centimetres, weighing 107 kilograms, putting him in the overweight category, reports The Sun.

The president's current roster of medicines includes a daily multivitamin; 10 milligrams of Crestor for his cholesterol; 81 milligrams of low-dose aspirin daily to help maintain heart health; and 1 milligram of Propecia for male pattern baldness, Jackson said.

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Past presidents are not known to have been tested for mental acuity while in office - including Ronald Reagan, who five years after leaving the White House was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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