US election: Donald Trump in excellent health, says his doctor

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Republican nominee Donald Trump is in “excellent physical health,” according to a letter from his doctor.

Mr Trump released the letter following a recent physical examination by Dr Harold N Bornstein.

The 70-year-old is listed as 6 foot 3 inches (1.9 metres) and weighs 236 pounds (107 kilos).

The letter comes as his rival Hillary Clinton returns to the campaign trail after time off with pneumonia, appearing briefly to reporters.

Boarding a plane in White Plains, New York, she spoke to journalists as she heads to North Carolina to hold a rally, her first campaign event since the weekend.


Both candidates have faced public scrutiny over transparency about the state of their health.

“He takes a lipid lowering agent (rosuvastatin) and a low dose aspirin,” the letter said. “He does not use tobacco products or alcohol.”

His weight and height give him a body mass index of 29.5, according to US measurements, which is within the “overweight” range but close to the “obese” mark at 30.0.

Mr Trump discussed his health with talk-show host Dr Mehmet Oz in a taped interview, which is set to air on Thursday.


It’s almost too perfect. The reality-TV-star-turned-politician sharing his medical information with the celebrity-doctor-turned-daytime-talk-show-host.

Mr Trump promised he would release information from a physical exam some time this week, and on Thursday – in a press release and a taped interview with Dr Mehmet Oz – he did.

Kind of.

We learned Mr Trump’s vital signs are normal. He takes medication to keep high cholesterol in check. He passed all his cancer screenings He (perhaps not surprisingly) has higher than normal testosterone levels. He’s a bit overweight and has a penchant for junk food. He says his exercise regimen consists of golf and giving political speeches.

Bornstein is the quirky man who made headlines last December when he claimed Mr Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”. Bornstein later admitted he wrote that one-page, typo-ridden memo in less than five minutes.

In other words, this is hardly a full disclosure of Mr Trump’s medical history. It’s certainly in keeping with what has been an exceedingly bizarre US presidential campaign, however.

Donald Trump on The Dr Oz Show
Donald Trump appeared on The Dr Oz Show to discuss his health

He first revealed the letter, which is dated 13 Sept, in his appearance on The Dr Oz Show.

“I feel as good today as I did when I was 30,” Trump said on the show, according to a clip.

Dr Bornstein, a gastroenterological specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, has cared for Mr Trump since 1980, according to the letter.

The note continues to detail parts of Mr Trump’s medical record, including that he was only in hospital once at age 11 for an appendectomy.

Although the letter provides some insight, it does not include his detailed medical history.

In other developments:

  • Trump was interrupted by a black pastor when he started bashing Clinton in Flint
  • Ivanka Trump cut short an interview with Cosmopolitan after objecting to the questions
  • Bill Clinton has said he misspoke when he said his wife had, like many others, just had a bout of flu, when he meant to say pneumonia
  • Donald Trump, Jr said his father has declined to release his tax returns because they offer a distraction from his main message, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mrs Clinton released a note from her doctor on Wednesday calling her “fit to serve” as president as well as detailing the medications she is taking and her cholesterol levels.

The polls indicate a tight race nationally and in the key battleground states, with 54 days to election day.

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