Donald Trump’s Father Struggled With This Disease for 6 Years — What Does That Mean for Trump?

Your family history and genetics make you more prone to acquiring certain diseases over others. As a public figure and President of the United States, it’s natural that we’d be curious about what diseases Donald Trump may acquire as he grows older based on his family history.

Donald has a few diseases in his family history that have genetic properties. His father struggled with one concerning disease for six years that could affect Donald at any point (page 6). We’ll also take a quick look at what medications Trump takes every day (page 9).

His brother died from alcoholism

Freddy Trump died at an early age. | YouTube

Donald Trump doesn’t drink alcohol and discourages his children from doing so as well. His reasoning? His older brother, Fred Jr., died from alcoholism.

In Donald’s mind, “just one drink” could potentially spiral into a full-on addiction like Fred’s. Alcohol use disorder, the official name for alcoholism, has been linked to some specific genes. So having a close sibling who struggled with alcoholism can increase the chance you’ll struggle with the same disease.

Next: What Donald’s mother struggled with later in life.

His mother had osteoporosis

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Trump’s mother suffered from weak bones. | Seeker UK via Youtube

Donald’s mother, Mary MacLeod Trump, is largely a mystery to the media. Some cite her as the reason for Trump’s “deep-seeded insecurities,” while others focus on her transition from Scottish immigrant to New York millionaire.

Mary experienced severe osteoporosis, a disease that leads to brittle and weak bones, in her final years. While you can combat osteoporosis with a healthy diet and calcium, it has a “strong genetic component.” One of Donald’s aides told the New York Daily News that Mary Trump had “strong genes.”

Next: Donald and his father were extremely close.

Fred Sr. was extremely proud of Donald

Trump was very close to his father. | Celebrities TV via YouTube

Donald inherited his competitive nature, real-estate prowess, and his authoritative personality from his father. All of Trump’s siblings called their father proud of Donald for the accomplishments he achieved during Fred’s lifetime.

“I had friends whose fathers were very successful, and the fathers were jealous of the sons’ success and tried to hurt them, keep them down because they wanted to be the king,” Donald said. “My father was the exact opposite. He used to carry around articles.”

Next: Donald might be in denial about his health.

He might be in denial about his future health

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Trump on Air Force One | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald made a comment on The Dr. Oz Show back in 2016 that reveals he might want to pay more attention to his overall health, especially considering his father’s medical history.

The then-presidential nominee told Dr. Oz that he “feels the same age” as his golf buddy and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who is almost half Trump’s age. The 70-year-old candidate went on to say that he sees a 35-year-old when he stares at himself in the mirror.

Next: The terrible disease Donald’s dad struggled with

Trump’s dad had Alzheimer’s for 6 years

Fred Trump developed Alzheimer’s. | Celebrities TV via Instagram

Donald recounted the moment he knew his father’s memory was fading to The New York Times. He and his father were driving down Fifth Avenue. Donald had just bought land beneath the Empire State Building and pointed to it while telling his father the good news.

“That’s a tall building, isn’t it?” Fred C. said. “How many apartments are in that building?” At 87 years old, Fred was developing Alzheimer’s.

Next: What are the odds that Donald will develop Alzheimer’s?

His genetics put him at greater risk

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Trump’s age and family history put him at risk for Alzheimer’s. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Growing old is the strongest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s, with family history as the second strongest. A study on the genetics of AD stated genetic factors play an estimated role in over 80% of Alzheimer’s cases.

Fred had late-onset AD, characterized as Alzheimer’s that appears at 65 years of age or older. While researchers are still searching for an Alzheimer’s cure, they have identified some of the genes that lead to the disorder.

Next: This isn’t the first time we’ve broached the subject of Donald’s mental health.

Professionals have questioned his mental health before

Donald Trump with White House doctor

Trump’s mental health has been called into question. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A number of mental health professionals formed a coalition calling for the test of the president’s mental fitness based on a few factors. These included his “psychological instability” and “unpredictable behavior.” However, other doctors point out that it may be necessary to assess Donald’s mental health just based on his age.

“Donald Trump at the time of his inauguration was older than half of our deceased former presidents at the age when they died,” said Jacob Appel, M.D., a Mt. Sinai School of Medicine psychiatrist who has studied the health of politicians and presidents.

Next: How he responded to questions about mental fitness.

Donald called himself a ‘very stable genius’

Trump has referred to himself as a “very stable genius.” | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Reporters questioned Donald’s mental stability after he boasted about the size of his nuclear button in a press conference. He fired back with a series of tweets defending his mental state.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” he said in the first tweet. He followed by listing his accomplishments and found that, “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

Next: Trump depends on these drugs daily.

Donald isn’t known for having the healthiest eating habits. While we might not know everything about his health, his physician Dr. Harold N. Bornstein has revealed enough to guess how healthy the president might — or might not — really be. Let’s take a quick look at what Donald takes daily.

Rosuvastatin for high cholesterol

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Rosuvastatin is a statin. | BCFC/iStock/Getty Images

As its name implies, the drug rosuvastatin belongs to a specific class of medications called statins, which lower total and LDL blood cholesterol.

It’s likely he takes this medication to reduce his cholesterol and prevent possible complications that might result from living with high cholesterol levels in his blood.

Next: President Trump takes this antibiotic for a fairly common skin condition.

An antibiotic for rosacea

Trump waiting for dinner at the UN

So that’s why Trump is always so red. | Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images

President Trump lives with rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness in the face, especially when exposed to triggers like alcohol, sunlight, and some blood pressure medications.

People with this condition might choose to take antibiotics, as Donald does, to fight the inflammation that causes redness of the skin. Drugs like tetracycline improve a person’s complexion by reducing skin inflammation and more.

Next: He takes a baby aspirin every day for this.

Baby aspirin for heart health

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Aspirin may help him to not have a heart attack. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Dr. Bornstein says Donald takes a baby aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack. Even with medication, high cholesterol could still pose a health risk later on in life. But he might just take it as a preventive measure, especially considering his diet.

Next: Is this the real secret behind Trump’s famous hair?

Propecia for hair growth

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Trump wants to keep his mane. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A hair regrowth drug might explain Donald’s full head of hair, something that’s uncommon in most men his age.

Adult men typically take Propecia to treat male pattern baldness. The drug reduces the amount of a certain hormone in the body called DHT. Reduced DHT levels in the body lead to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss.

Additional reporting by Meg Dowell.

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