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Trump Checks in for Annual Medical Check-up

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7Dnews London

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:16 GMT

It's reckoning time. President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam on Friday, February 8th, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories. According to AP, Trump spent more than four hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre for a check-up supervised by Dr Sean P. Conley, his physician, and involving a panel of 11 specialists.

Conley wrote afterward, "I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency and beyond." 

He did not go into detail except to say Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anaesthesia. He said reports and recommendations stemming from the examination were still being finalised. It's unclear how much more detail will be released in the coming days. 

Last year, Trump clocked in at 6 foot 3 inches and 239 pounds. He had a body mass index, or BMI, of 29.9, putting him in the category of being overweight for his height. His doctor advised the president would do well to lose 10 to 15 pounds and shift to a low-fat, low-carb diet and take up a more defined exercise routine. 

One of the big questions on Friday was how well Trump had heeded that advice. He is 72, doesn't drink alcohol or smoke but he's not a big fan of the gym either. His primary form of exercise is golf and he says he gets plenty of exercise walking in around the White House complex. 

As for his diet, Trump's love of fast food remains. Last month, he invited the college football champion Clemson Tigers to the White House during the partial government shutdown. With the White House kitchen too understaffed to cater a meal, Trump stepped in. He ordered burgers, french fries and pizza. 

Modern-day presidents have undergone regular medical examinations to catch any potential problems but also to assure the public that they are fit for office, something Trump's doctor last year, Dr Jackson, took to an extraordinary level. 

Dr Conley replaced Jackson after Trump nominated the latter to lead the Veterans Affairs Department. The nomination ran into trouble early, as lawmakers questioned his qualifications to run the government's second-largest department. Also, current and former colleagues accused Jackson of professional misconduct, including loosely dispensing medication and on-the-job drunkenness. Jackson denied the allegations but eventually withdrew his nomination. 

Trump recently promoted Jackson to be an assistant to the president and chief medical adviser. He will advise the president on topics including veterans' issues, the opioid crisis and health issues at the US-Mexico border. Jackson, who is still under investigation, will also travel and work closely with White House staff. 

Last year, doctors checked the president's eyes, ears, nose and throat, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, skin and teeth. Neurological, cognitive and stress tests were also performed. Trump's hearing was not tested as Jackson said he ran out of time. The examination lasted more than four hours. 


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