Dr. Marc Siegel: What Trump’s physical will (and won’t) tell us

Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson gave President Trump his first physical exam as president Friday at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland. I expect that Jackson – who served as White House physician under President Obama and now holds the same position for President Trump – will determine that President Trump is fit to serve.

According to a Sept. 13, 2016 letter from his previous internist, Dr. Harold Bornstein, President Trump takes the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin and a low-dose aspirin, and has a normal blood pressure and cholesterol level. “Mr. Trump is in excellent physical health,” Bornstein wrote in that letter.

A good physician like Jackson will conduct a thorough physical on any 71-year-old the same way, whether he is a president or not.

I believe the doctor is sure to recommend more sleep, more exercise, a weight loss program, and a better diet to President Trump, who is known to enjoy fast food. All these interventions will lead to a longer and healthier life.

The fact that President Trump doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol is a very important prognostic sign. One prescription for the president – who is known to be a great golfer – would be to get rid of the golf cart and walk the course. Golf is a great former of relaxation and socialization, and creates a positive feeling.

Jackson is a highly qualified physician and is also a fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and served in the Iraq war.

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