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Doctor says Donald Trump in 'excellent' health

Doctor says Donald Trump in 'excellent' health

US President Donald Trump received a ideal score in a cognitive function test used to detect a mental decline in someone who's otherwise healthy.

Presidents don't typically sit for cognitive assessments during their periodic physical exams. An episode last month when Trump slurred some words on national TV led to speculation that it could have been caused by slipping dentures.

But an Alzheimer's disease expert, Dr Ronald Petersen from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says while the test is "pretty good" it's "not definitive".

Trump and his doctor discussed his diet and exercise during last week's physical and set a goal of losing 10-15 pounds.

"That's just the way God made him", Dr Jackson said.

At 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, the 71-year-old president had a blood pressure reading of 122/74 and a resting heart rate of 68 beats per minutes.

The doctor speculates that Trump requested the exam in an attempt to beat back the narrative of the past few weeks that he is mentally unfit for office.

Jackson said he "initially had no intention" of including a test of the president's mental fitness in his first annual physical, and stressed that he had "absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions".

He also said he "would qualify as not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!"

However, Dr. Jackson did admit that Trump's weight was an issue that he and the president were now working to get under control.

Trump even demonstrated above-average exercise capacity despite his famous aversion to physical activity other than golf, Jackson said.

Donald Trump has aced a test on his mental health - likely putting to rest days of Washington political gossip. With tax reform, Trump continues to chip away at Obamacare, eliminating the health insurance mandate penalty in 2019.

The results were released with the president's consent, Jackson said in an official memorandum sent to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

The president's weight is three pounds more than it was in September 2016, according to a letter Trump released from his personal physician at the time.

Trump's cholesterol of 223 is elevated and his low-density lipoprotein of 143 is borderline high. After the age of 40, most men in the United States have some evidence of heart disease, and the President's score places him squarely in the mid-risk range for a man of his age.

"He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part", Jackson said.

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