Trump, for his part, told reporters Thursday about the physical, "I think it's going to go very well".
In the recently released book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", author Michael Wolff claims that many inside the White House are concerned about the president's mental and physical health, with allegations that he eats fast food on an nearly daily basis. Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, although they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for senior citizens.
There is no requirement for a president to have a physical, but modern officeholders undergo them regularly and release a doctor's report stating that they are "fit for duty".
Not stopping there, the president issued a warning that if the results of his exam aren't positive that the economy could take a hit.
A 2016 letter released by Trump's physician Dr. Harold Bornstein claimed the tycoon was "in excellent physical health", with the only red flag being his BMI of 29.5, which made him overweight for a 6'3 man.
They also underscore the importance of Jackson carrying out the evaluation of Trump's mental health and neurological functioning (and making appropriate referrals) by pointing out that an expert group tasked with assessing a president's neurological status-as former President Jimmy Carter proposed-has not yet materialized. His EKG, chest X-ray, echocardiogram and blood sugar were normal.
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Trump takes Crestor for his cholesterol, a low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention, Propecia to treat male-pattern baldness and antibiotics for rosacea. The doctor's 2016 letter said Trump's testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid.
Unlike previous presidents, Trump does not run or cycle, preferring instead to get his exercise on the golf course. "This president works tirelessly for the American people".
The book has been dismissed as "tabloid trash" by the White House. He reportedly downs 12 Diet Cokes a day.
In recent weeks, questions have been raised about Donald Trump's health.
The advisers also said one Trump meal in Chicago consisted of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches and a chocolate milkshake. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who will oversee the procedure, is scheduled to discuss the results at a press briefing next Tuesday.
Dr Jackson was deployed in the Iraq War during the Bush administration as Emergency Medicine Physician in the Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon in Taqaddum in Iraq. Physicians have provided care to presidents since George Washington was in office, and Congress created the formal title of White House physician in 1928.More news: Jan. 12, 2018 Editorial: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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