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Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening created to detect early signs of memory loss and other neurologic functions, the Navy doctor who performed Trump's medical checkup said Tuesday.

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.

Trump, 71, is the oldest US president at this point in his tenure and has faced questions about his health.

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".

The doctor deemed Trump in "excellent health" last Friday and provided details of the President's medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday.

"Dr. Jackson is a phenomenal doctor and a really great guy", tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to Obama.

"The President's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well", Jackson said on Friday, according to Sanders.

Jackson also noted that Trump has abstained from alcohol and tobacco for his entire life, which contributed to his relatively good health. It has never been done on any other president he has tended to over the years, Jackson said.

Despite some tests showing his heart to have a regular rhythm and no abnormal sounds, Trump also underwent a scan for calcium-containing plaque in the blood that could clog his heart.

The White House, in an attempt to dispel concerns about Donald Trump's mental state, is highlighting the results of a test developed by a Canadian immigrant from Lebanon.

The president's weight is three pounds more than it was in September 2016, according to a letter Trump released from his personal physician at the time. He'd like the president to lose 10 to 15 pounds over the next year.

Jackson said that Trump's cholesterol level has jumped to 223, in the elevated range, and his low-density lipoprotein of 143 is borderline high, so he is increasing Trump's medication. His LDL cholesteral was 125, with a total cholesteral reading of 188.

Trump also takes aspirin daily for his heart, propecia for hair loss, a daily vitamin and an occasional cream for rosacea, a skin condition.

But while Jackson acknowledged he advised Trump - who is 6 foot, 3 inches and weighs 239 pounds - to eat better and exercise more, he said it's genetics that have kept Trump in sterling health. Jackson pronounced Obama to be in "excellent" - even "improved" - health.

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