What we know about Trump, Clinton’s health
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have released more details about their medical histories. Here’s a look at what we know so far:
Weight: 236 pounds, placing him in the upper bound of what is considered “overweight” by the National Institutes of Health Body Mass Index calculator. His BMI of 29.5 puts him just shy of the “obese” category, which starts at a BMI of 30. Trump admitted that he’s overweight on “The Dr. Oz Show,” and said he wants to lose 15 pounds.
Hospitalized: Once, when he was 11 years old for an appendectomy
Cholesterol: His total cholesterol was 169; his HDL or “good cholesterol” 63 and his LDL or “bad” cholesterol 96, triglycerides 61. He takes a lipid lowering agent rosuvastatin, which he said has lowered his cholesterol.
Blood pressure: 116 over 70
Liver and thyroid function: Within the normal range
Colonoscopy: Last done July 10, 2013; everything was normal with no polyps
EKG and chest X-ray: April 14, 2016; normal. Trump also received a transthroacic echocardiogram on Dec. 16, 2014 that “was reported within the range of normal.”
Calcium: score was 98 in 2013
PSA: 0.15, which is normal
Testosterone: 441.6, which is normal
Family history: He has no family history of premature cardiac or neoplastic disease. His father, Fred, had Alzheimer’s disease, but developed it in his 80s.
Other medications: A low dose of aspirin
Habits: He proudly eats a fair amount of fast food when he’s out on the road. He reportedly instructs the person picking up his food order to refrain from saying the food is for Trump because he worries the food may be tampered with. He has previously said he doesn’t work out and that he gets enough exercise by making hand gestures during campaign events and “making speeches for 25,000 people.
What his doctor said: “In summary, Mr. Trump is in excellent physical health,” Dr. Harold N. Bornstein of New York City.
Blood pressure: 100 over 70
Cholesterol: Her total cholesterol was 189; her LDL or “bad” cholesterol was 103, and her HDL or “good” cholesterol was 56 — all within healthy levels and not signaling the need for any medication. She has also had a normal mammogram and breast ultrasound, according to the letter.
Weight: Clinton’s doctor made no mention of her weight.
Coronary calcium score: This score, used to predict someone’s future risk of a heart attack, is 0.
Other vitals: Clinton’s mammogram and vitals are normal and she is up-to-date on immunizations. She visits the dentist regularly.
Other medication: Clinton takes medication for an underactive thyroid, Armour Thyroid, which is known to cause intolerance to heat. She also has taken the blood-thinning medication Coumadin since 2012 when it was prescribed after falling at home while fighting a stomach virus, she said. She suffered a concussion, diagnosed Dec. 13, 2012, in the spill and doctors later found a blood clot between her brain and skull. She also takes an allergy medication and vitamin B12.
Illnesses: A mild, noncontagious bacterial pneumonia was diagnosed last week pneumonia and was given antibiotics, including Levaquin. She had an ear infection and sinusitis in January. Doctors treated it with antibiotics and steroids, and placed a myringotomy tube in her left ear to help alleviate her symptoms. She suffered from deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009 and an elbow fracture in 2009.
Habits: Her rule of thumb for her diet is, according to her aides, that “if it looks bad for you, it probably is.” Her diet is rich in lean protein, vegetables and fruit. Aides said she loves spicy foods, eating raw jalapeños “like potato chips.” Her exercise routine includes brisks walks, yoga water aerobics and weight training.
What her doctor said: “She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States,” said Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at CareMount Medical.