Doctor says Donald Trump in 'excellent' health

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May during a NATO summit in Brussels last year.                     Image PA Wire  PA Images

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May during a NATO summit in Brussels last year. Image PA Wire PA Images

After White House doctor Ronny Jackson ran through the results of President Trump's annual physical, reporters peppered him with questions about Trump's weight, eating and exercise habits and, yes, even his mental health.

The fast-food-loving Trump praised Jackson, who has served as a physician to previous presidents, but seemed wary of taking the not-so-subtle suggestion to use the White House's exercise facilities.

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

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

The cognitive test on which U.S. President Donald Trump received a flawless score is considered a good screening tool for mental decline in an otherwise healthy person, medical experts said. However, he said, Trump was aware of the public discussion of his mental state and asked Jackson to give him one anyway.

"I've always been more of a believer in diet 'cause I'm strong, you know?" "The reason we did the cognitive assessment is plain and simple: because the president asked me to do it".

However, Dr. Jackson did admit that Trump's weight was an issue that he and the president were now working to get under control. Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump's so-called "bad" cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143.

Jackson held an extraordinary news conference - on Trump's insistence - yesterday at the White House that lasted for about an hour.

At 6 feet, 3 inches tall, Trump had a body mass index, or BMI, that puts him in the "overweight" range, according to the National Institutes of Health's online BMI calculator.

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Dr Jackson said he had every confidence that the president "has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues". His thyroid was normal, and there were no issues with his teeth or gums.

Jackson also said he was encouraging the president to exercise more.

On The Daily Show that night, Noah launched into a monologue about the physical examination and joked that maybe we were all wrong about Trump's personal doctor, Dr. Harold Bornstein.

Former US presidents have undergone at least one medical check-up which is considered compulsory.

"I think he saw doing the physical as an opportunity to put some of that to rest", Jackson said.

He gets plenty of exercise on the golf course and at the White House complex, the president told Reuters on Wednesday.

Being overweight, or in this case borderline obese, does increase Trump's risk for diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol.

Trump is also not alone in his lack of interest in exercise.

The tabloid-style book Fire and Fury by journalist Michael Wolff, published this month, led to speculation about Trump's mental fitness for office.

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