Dr. Ronny Jackson's glowing bill of health for Trump


Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said on Tuesday that Trump was in excellent health overall but needed to lose weight, eat better, and break a sweat more often.

However, the test's creator, neuroscientist Dr Ziad Nasreddine, cautioned that it doesn't necessarily mean Trump is in ideal mental health.

However, the doctor suggested the president could look forward to good health in the immediate future, adding: "All clinical data indicates that the president is now very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency".

According to a calculator provided by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Trump's BMI is 29.9.

Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds - three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016.

"The good part is that we can build on that pretty easily", Jackson said.

Trump scored a ideal 30 out of 30.

Viewers noted that the president's weight and height gave him a body mass index of 29.9, just shy of the threshold to be considered medically obese. "I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old", the doctor went on.

Some have been questioning the president's mental fitness, especially after the release of "Fire and Fury" a week and a half ago.

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But there is some controversy around Jackson's positive assessment of Trump's physical condition. Jackson, who performed the exam, couldn't determine the exact reason for Trump's health score.

Jackson said on Tuesday that Trump asked him to perform the cognitive exam, which the doctor had not planned to do, having deemed it unnecessary.

"His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy the significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol", Jackson said.

President Donald J. Trump talks with doctors on Friday, January 12, 2018, in Bethesda, MD, following the President's annual physical at the medical facility.

Jackson works in the White House and sees Trump every day.

"It's called genetics", the doctor said.

In fact, the President reportedly requested he be given a cognitive test for memory loss or early dementia.

Despite the diet and cholesterol concerns, Jackson stressed that Trump's "cardiac health is excellent".

"He has absolutely no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever", Jackson said, adding that it was to his knowledge the first time a serving U.S. president had undergone such an assessment. He passed a battery of heart exams including a stress test that Jackson said showed an above-average exercise capacity for a man of his age, despite some calcium buildup in his arteries.


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