Obama Doc: Candidate in ‘Excellent’ Health

By Nitya

May 29, 2008 12:39pm

ABC News’ Dr. Tim Johnson, Susan Wagner, and Sunlen Miller Report: Democratic frontrunner Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., has been given a clean bill of health to run for president.

According to a memo released to reporters from his primary care physician, Obama’s health has been "excellent" and overall in "good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President."

Dr. David L. Scheiner, MD on staff at the University of Chicago Hospital and Rush University Medical Center has been Obama’s primary care physician since March of 1987 and completed a review of Obama’s records for the last 21 years.

Scheiner says that Obama has been seen regularly for checkups, his last being in January of 2007, and treated for minor problems like upper respiratory infections, skin rashes and minor injuries.

"A complete review of systems was unremarkable," Scheiner writes, "his build was lean and muscular with no excess body fat. His physical examination was complete normal."

Obama’s cholesterol levels are excellent, both for good cholesterol HDL and bad cholesterol LDL.

"Laboratory studies included triglycerides of 44(normal under 150), cholesterol 173 (normal under 200), HDL 68 (normal over 40), and LDL 96 (normal under 130)," Scheiner’s note cites.

Obama, 46, is known for his morning workouts and healthy diet and most recently was ranked among the "Men’s Fitness 25 Most Fittest Men in America."

But Obama is also a well documented smoker – only recently giving up the addiction to run for president. The report does not mention any medications Obama is taking except for Nicorette gum.

"His own history included intermittent cigarette smoking," Scheiner says, "He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success."

Obama has admitted that during the course of the campaign he’s snuck a few cigarettes, "I fell off the wagon a couple times during the course of it, and then was able to get back on," he told Chris Matthews,  "But it is a struggle like everything else."

Obama regularly chews Nicorette gum while not at public events, and Scheiner’s report makes note that this remedy has worked with "success."

The report mentions Obama’s history of cancer in his family: his grandfather died of prostate cancer, and his mother died of ovarian cancer. Obama’s screening for prostate cancer was very low according to the report.

The release of Senator Obama’s medical records today follows the release of the presumptive nominee, Senator John McCain’s last week.

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