Trump’s doctor says he’s in ‘excellent physical health’ but shares few new details

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 September, 2016, 2:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 September, 2016, 8:23pm

Donald Trump released a one-page doctor’s letter Thursday saying he is “in excellent physical health” while pressing his case that he has more strength and stamina than Hillary Clinton.

The letter from Harold N. Bornstein, a Manhattan doctor who has treated Trump since 1980, said the Republican presidential nominee takes low-dose aspirin and a statin drug to lower his cholesterol.

It summarised lab findings from Trump’s physical last week, saying his cardiac, liver, thyroid and other test results were normal for a 70-year-old man.

Trump is 190cm tall and weighs 107kg — too heavy, the candidate conceded in a television appearance on The Dr Oz Show that aired Thursday. Trump enjoys fast food and rarely exercises, but said he wants to lose “15 or 20 pounds”.

“It’s tough, because of the way I live,” he said.

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The TV appearance and the letter did little to clarify what had trickled out Wednesday from audience members present at the show’s taping. His campaign said Trump was releasing “medical records,” as many other White House contenders have done, but Trump disclosed nothing beyond the one-page note.

The letter said Trump had an appendectomy when he was 11 and has not been hospitalised since then. Trump’s last colonoscopy, in 2013, “was normal and found no polyps,” it said.

It also said an EKG and chest X-ray this year were normal. His cholesterol levels fell in the range that experts deem normal.

In Trump’s television appearance, taped Wednesday, the host, physician Mehmet Oz, read some of the lab results in Bornstein’s letter.

“People are amazed,” Trump said, “because I don’t get much with the colds.”

“Your testosterone is 441, which is actually good,” Oz said, drawing laughter from the audience. Trump flashed a sheepish grin.