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.