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Obama ‘Tobacco Free’ but Still Chews Nicotine Gum, Doctor Says

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:16:14 +0000

Brendan Smiawlowski/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama “remains tobacco-free” but still maintains “occasional use” of nicotine gum, according to an official summary of his periodic physical exam conducted in May.

Physician to the president Dr. Ronny L. Jackson says Obama’s overall health is “excellent” and that “all clinical data indicates that the president is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” according to a memo released by the White House.

Obama, 52, still has perfect 20/20 vision. He maintains a healthy weight of 180 pounds, though he had lost 1.3 pounds since his previous exam. His blood pressure remains within the “normal” range, Dr. Jackson found.

The president’s cholesterol levels are “borderline high” under established medical guidelines, however. He still copes with a mild case of plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot, the report says.

The only drugs Obama takes is an occasional ibuprofen, daily vitamin D and malarone (anti-malaria medication) when traveling abroad.


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