Donald Trump 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.
From heart attack prevention pills to hair growth meds, these are the drugs Trump depends on daily — and what they might tell us about his health. We’ll also take a look at some scary facts about our president’s health.
1. Rosuvastatin for high cholesterol
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 Trump takes this medication to reduce his cholesterol and prevent possible complications that might result from living with high cholesterol levels in his blood.
Next: High cholesterol increases the chances of these serious medical conditions.
What are the risks of high cholesterol?
Do you have high cholesterol? It’s nearly impossible to tell without a blood test since it often presents without symptoms. This isn’t a good thing, though, since living with untreated high cholesterol can significantly endanger your health.
High cholesterol increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, which could both result in death. Damage to your heart or brain isn’t always that severe, but getting your blood checked and taking medication can help reduce your risk.
Next: President Trump takes this antibiotic for a fairly common skin condition.
2. An antibiotic for rosacea
Donald 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 Trump 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: Are long-acting antibiotics safe?
Are long-acting antibiotics safe?
There’s a reason why your doctor instructs you to take a prescribed antibiotic only as often as and in the dosage recommended. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily can lead to antibiotic resistance, which could allow bacteria to resist the medications used to treat deadly infections.
Long-term antibiotic use might also lead to an imbalance of gut bacteria and other digestive issues, which usually aren’t life-threatening.
Next: He takes a baby aspirin every day for this.
3. Baby aspirin for heart health
Dr. Bornstein says Donald Trump 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: Who should really take aspirin every day?
Should you take aspirin to protect your heart?
Aspirin reduces the risk of life-threatening blood clots, which is why many people take it to protect their heart. Health experts recommend those who have already had a heart attack or stroke, or are considered a high-risk case for either, should take aspirin daily.
Unfortunately, this practice doesn’t come without risks. Reduced blood clotting could result in stomach ulcers or brain bleeds in some people. It’s probably best to speak to your doctor if you’re concerned about your stroke or heart attack risk.
Next: Is this the real secret behind Trump’s famous hair?
4. Propecia for hair growth
A hair regrowth drug might explain Trump’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.
Next: President Trump has some of the most dangerous health habits of any president.
He eats a lot of fast food
It has been reported Trump’s diet isn’t the healthiest, and it’s not hard to see why. According to Time, during White House dinners, Trump gets an extra plate of sauce with his chicken. During dessert, he eats two scoops of ice cream with chocolate cream pie (his guests get one scoop).
The president is also a big fan of McDonald’s. Politico reported Trump would have someone order him Egg McMuffins for breakfast and two Quarter Pounders with large fries for lunch. Trump also sang the praises of Burger King and KFC during a CNN Republican presidential town hall meeting.
Next: Trump is increasing his chances of heart disease and diabetes by doing this.
He only sleeps 4 hours a night
Trump stated on The O’Reilly Factor he gets just four to five hours of sleep. The 71-year-old told former host Bill O’Reilly he works up until 12 a.m. or 1 a.m., only to wake up at 5 a.m. to do it all over again.
Sleep deprivation can worsen existing health conditions or even contribute to their development. Harvard Medical School’s sleep division found some of the results of not getting enough sleep include poor immunity, decreased heart health, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. Sleep deprivation can also shorten your lifespan.
Next: Does golf count as a workout?
He doesn’t exercise
Although Trump is an avid golfer, insiders (among them an executive who worked for Trump in Atlantic City) note the president doesn’t do much else for physical activity, according to Politico. He heavily depends on golf carts, which limits some of the physical benefits of golfing. It has been reported Trump also uses golf carts when he’s not playing golf. USA Today revealed the Secret Service has spent approximately $60,000 in golf rentals so far this year.
Next: Trump’s weight and BMI might surprise you.
During an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, Trump was found to be 6 feet 3 inches tall and 236 pounds. Dr. Oz said this would make the president borderline obese, with a body mass index close to 30. It’s no surprise Trump is overweight considering his diet and lack of exercise. Being obese can lead to complications such as high cholesterol, mental illness (such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders), stroke, coronary heart disease, and increased risk of premature death, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Obesity also reduces productivity. The CDC reports each year as much as $6.38 billion ($132 per obese person) is lost due to obesity-related absenteeism.
Next: Being president is extremely stressful.
He’s under a lot of stress
Being president of the United States is a stressful job, which adds to Trump’s already concerning health profile. Dr. Anupam Jena, a Harvard Medical School health care policy professor, notes stress can shorten one’s lifespan. In Jena’s study on the mortality rates of politicians, it was found their life expectancy was 2.7 years shorter than the runner-up. In addition, world leaders have a 23% greater risk of premature death.
Next: Trump is, shall we say, nutritionally challenged.
He doesn’t eat fruit
Fruits and vegetables are a necessary part of a healthy diet. Adding these wonder foods can help reduce one’s chances of illness. However, it seems like Trump isn’t a fan of fruit, reports CNBC. Greg Valliere, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, is quoted as saying a Secret Service agent told him the president has terrible eating habits and he has never seen him eat a piece of fruit.
Next: Does he really feel the same age as this NFL superstar?
He might be in denial about his health
One of the most bizarre health claims Trump has made was on The Dr. Oz Show back in 2016. The then-presidential nominee told Dr. Oz that he “feels the same age” as his golf buddy and six-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. (It’s highly unlikely that he is in the same shape as a healthy 35-year-old.)
Next: He’s increasing his chances of getting cancer by doing this.
His tan could be deadly
We all know about the orange glow Trump seems to always have on display, and he doesn’t appear to be much of a sunscreen fan, given his penchant for frequenting tanning beds to help maintain his orange skin color. Sadly, tanning opens yourself up to skin cancer.
Next: This is the cherry on top.
Trump has a big sweet tooth
The POTUS is a big fan of sugary chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream — and reportedly gets more scoops than everyone else who dines at the White House. When you add in everything else we know about his health, this really is the cherry on top.
Additional reporting by Sheiresa Ngo.
Follow The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!