Donald J. Trump, potentially the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” according to his doctor in a dashed off note in November, had a cozy chat with widely blamed TV medic Dr. Oz this week.
In an interview recorded Wednesday and broadcast Thursday, Trump spoke at length to the personality, who’s been slammed for promoting ineffective remedies in which he has a fiscal stake, about his medical history.
Here’s what we learned about the health and general fitness regime of the man who could be the next commander-in-chief.
1 – He wears a hat
The show was a bit slow to start, with Trump telling Oz he gets hay fever and often wears a hat to protect himself from the sun.
2 – He’s in “excellent physical health”
Trump brandished his latest medical letter with the usual showmanship.
It offered a bit more than the last one in November, when his personal doctor Dr. Harold Bornstein initially told whomever it may concern that his “laboratory exam results were astonishingly excellent.”
Bornstein’s rhetoric was a little more measured in the letter, dated Sept. 13, that Trump pulled out on the show.
It said Trump is “in excellent physical health” and revealed that the candidate has a cholesterol level of 169, weighs 236 pounds at 6’3″ and takes “a lipid lower agent( rosuvastatin) and a low dose aspirin.”
3 – He’d like to lose weight
Oz reminded Trump that at 6’3″ and 236 pounds he has a BMI of 30, which is “high”( and sets him in the clinically obese scope ).
Trump acknowledged he could lose a few pounds.
Yeah I believe I could lose a little weight. Ive always been a little bit this way, ” he conceded. “You know Ive sort of always been, I was probably a good swimmer. But Ive always been this way. I think that if I had one thing Id like to lose weight. Its tough because of the way I live. But the one thing I would like to do is be allowed to drop-off 15 to 20 pounds. It would be good.
4 – He guesses vacations are for the selfish.
By logical extension, anyway.
5 – As for workout, he plays less golf but his game has nonetheless improved.
6 – He thinks he has a lot of stamina
Oz wasn’t precisely grilling Trump during their tte–tte. But he did at least topic him on his stamina. “If elected, at age 70, you will be the oldest person to ever enter the Oval Office, ” he said. “Why do you think you have the staman for the job?
Trump was as concise and clear as ever. ” I would say simply based on my life, I mean Ive had Ive actually I dont know if this stimulates sense, I feel as good today as I did when I was 30.
7 – He’s not sure healthcare should extend to all
There were a few things TV viewers didn’t learn which live audience members were privy to thanks to some judicious editing: Trump likes fast food “because you know what they put in it, ” and he kisses his daughter Ivanka “every opportunity he gets.”
Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, this week also released a doctor’s note, this one from Lisa Bardack, MD Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. It concluded that “Mrs. Clinton has remained healthy and has not developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus and ear infection and her recently diagnosed pneumonia.”