Obama ‘Tobacco Free’ but Still Chews Nicotine Gum, Doctor Says

Jun 12, 2014 5:10pm
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President Obama “remains tobacco free” but still maintains “occasional use” of nicotine gum, according to an official summary of his periodic physical exam conducted in May.

Physician to the president Dr. Ronny L. Jackson says Obama’s overall health is “excellent” and that “all clinical data indicates that the president is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” according to a memo released by the White House.

Obama, 52, still has perfect 20/20 vision. He maintains a healthy weight of 180 pounds (though he had lost 1.3 pounds since his previous exam). And his blood pressure remains within the “normal” range, Dr. Jackson found.

Obama’s cholesterol levels – 213 mg/dl overall – is “borderline high” under established medical guidelines, however.  A jump in his LDL (“bad cholesterol”) level from 110 mg/dl in 2011 to 137 mg/dl this year puts him in the “borderline high” category, according to the Mayo Clinic.  The respected medical center suggests most people should aim for an LDL level below 130.

Obama still copes with a mild case of plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot), the report says.

The only drugs Obama takes is an occasional ibuprofen, daily vitamin D and malarone (antimalaria medication) when traveling abroad.

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