Obama gets clean bill of health

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President Barack Obama is in excellent health and tobacco free, his doctor said Monday in the results of the president’s second physical exam since taking office.

The report – a two page one - released by the White House, Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman also said Obama is physically active, eats a healthy diet, stays at a healthy weight, and on occasion drinks alcohol in moderation. He wrote, “The president is in excellent health and ‘fit for duty’… All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.”

Obama, who turned 50 in August, seems to have improved his health on some fronts since his last physical, which Kuhlman conducted in February 2010. Then Dr. Kuhlman had recommended “smoking cessation efforts,” and had mentioned borderline high cholesterol level and recommended a better diet.

Since then, Obama, who chewed nicotine gun, appears to have quit smoking entirely — an achievement his wife, Michelle Obama, announced earlier this year. And his cholesterol is now described as “ideal.” Obama’s total cholesterol level now stands at 193, compared with 209 in February 2010. His LDL, or bad cholesterol, is now 110, down from 138 last year. Obama frequently works out and plays basketball and golf.

The president is 6-foot-1 and weighs 181.3 pounds, according to the report. His blood pressure was recorded at 107 over 71, up from 105 over 62 in February 2010, but still well within the normal range. The doctor said Obama’s vision was 20/20 in both eyes for both distance and near vision.

The report found a “well-healed lower lip laceration” — apparently a reference to an injury Obama sustained about a year ago when he was elbowed in the lip while playing basketball and had to get stitches. The president also has “periodic physical therapy” to deal with recurrent upper right back pain, and he had benign skin tags removed from his neck.

The president was checked for and found free of colon cancer with a virtual colonoscopy last year, so he wasn’t due to be tested again. The new report says he was also screened for prostate cancer using a PSA blood test. His PSA level, or prostate-specific antigen, was found to be low.

Kuhlman, a Navy captain, recommended that the president have his next physical in December 2012.

Dr. Ananya Mandal

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Dr. Ananya Mandal

Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.


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