Twitterati question Donald Trump's real weight with #Girther movement

Sergio Conner
January 18, 2018

As for his mental acuity, Trump was quick to note his doctor's pronouncement that he aced a cognitive exam, which he referenced with a dig at predecessors Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton for not doing more to curb threats from North Korea.

The test was administered by Dr Ronny L Jackson, who has served in the White House medical team since 2006 and as the official White House doctor since 2013. "I don't have those problems", Trump said.

"I find no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process", Jackson said.

Trump's request came in the wake of the behind-the-scenes White House book "Fire and Fury", which spurred questions about Trump's mental state.

"He would not have gotten 30 out of 30 on the test", Jackson said of the test's accuracy in detecting cognitive diseases.

Ronny Jackson disclosed Trump's basic labs measurements, physical exam results and the conclusion of a cognitive exam, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. "If the dementia tests are equally accurate, we are doomed". Test takers are asked to identify animals, and draw a clock face, putting in all of the numbers and setting the clock hands to a specific time, as well.

Public-health experts have known for years that BMI isn't a ideal tool for measuring physical fitness and that an improved metric would incorporate waist circumference. Jackson said that Trump asked him to conduct a cognitive test on him, even though it was not required by law.

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That letter reported his cholesterol levels were controlled with medication and were within the healthy range for a man his age . Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump's bad cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143.

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President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening. It is "just one measure in a clinical judgment", he said in an email. His resting heart rate is 68, his blood pressure is 122 over 74.

"The president's overall health is excellent", said Jackson, who predicted Trump would remain healthy for the duration of his presidency despite a diet heavy on fast food and an exercise regime limited to weekend golf outings. "It's just the way God made him", he told reporters.

Jackson has already increased the dosage of the Trump's cholesterol-lowering medication and recommended a low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet, along with an exercise regimen.

Trump has a 16.7 percent risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as a heart attack or a stroke, over the next 10 years, according to the American College of Cardiology risk calculator.

However, Gupta contradicted the positive outcome of the cardiac exam - based on Trump's coronary calcium score. Because the President doesn't smoke or drink and "appears to have good genes", according to Jackson, he has been able to avoid the classic symptoms of heart disease.

The test that cleared Trump was developed by a doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities.

At his weight and height, the president is borderline obese.

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