Hidden Love Affairs and Dark Secrets JFK Tried to Keep From Americans During His Presidency

2. JFK took steroids

John F. Kennedy laughs with reporters after a White House press conference

John F. Kennedy laughs with reporters after a White House press conference. | National Archives/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images

Kennedy was gravely unhealthy during the time he served in office, suffering from Addison’s disease and severe back pain in addition to stomach, colon, and prostate issues. He took a string of medications, including various forms of steroids, and developed an addiction. (More about his prescription use on page 7.)

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