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February 11, 2019

Trump is in 'very good health,' exam finds. But he hasn't 'religiously' followed his weight-loss plan.

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    President Trump on Friday received his second official physical exam as president, and Sean Conley, the official physician to the president and a U.S. Navy officer, afterward said the results show Trump is in "very good health."

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    About Trump's health exam

    Trump, who is age 72, had the examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The exam was Trump's second official physical since taking office. After his first official exam, which occurred in January 2018, then-White House doctor Ronny Jackson said Trump was in "excellent" overall health but suggested Trump could exercise and improve his diet to lose weight. Trump then received a recommended diet and exercise plan intended to help him lose 10 to 15 pounds.

    Presidents are not required to have a physical or to publicly share the results, but over the years it has become standard practice to do so. Presidential exams typically cover basic health metrics, such as body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and resting heart rate. Past presidential exams also have included data on the president's cardiac rhythms, gastrointestinal system, skin, thyroid, vision, and neurological indicators.

    Presidential medical reports generally are sparse and do not include information beyond basic health and lifestyle information.

    Conley says Trump 'is in very good health'

    Conley supervised and performed Trump's latest exam, which lasted approximately four hours, in collaboration with a panel of 11 board-certified specialists.

    Conley in a brief memorandum released by the White House on Friday wrote that Trump's exam showed the president "is in very good health." Conley wrote that he anticipates Trump will remain in good health "for the duration of his presidency and beyond." According to Vox, it is unusual for the president's physician to predict the president's future health.

    Conley in the memo did not provide further details on Trump's health, but he noted the president did not undergo procedures requiring anesthesia or sedation, which means the president did not have a colonoscopy, according to Reuters.

    Conley added that the reports and recommendations from Trump's exam are still being finalized. According to the Associated Press, it remains unclear how much more detail the White House will provide on Trump's exam in the coming days. However, the White House in 2018 released additional information on Trump's health—including his weight and medications—several days after his exam, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Conley is not expected to hold a news conference to detail Trump's medical exam but is expected to release a written report, according to The Hill.

    Regarding Trump's health, Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesperson, on Friday acknowledged the president received a diet and exercise plan after last year's physical, but said Trump "admits he has not followed it religiously" (AP/Los Angeles Times, 2/8; Leary, Wall Street Journal, 2/8; Gearan, Washington Post, 2/8; Belluz/Barclay, Vox, 2/9; Fabian, The Hill, 2/8; Holland, Reuters, 2/8).

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