Concerns have been raised about Donald Trump’s health and his fitness to be president. Some are wondering if his poor health habits and the long list of medications he takes might be impacting his job performance. Good health is important when it comes to holding down a job. It’s even more important when it comes to doing the most important job in the country.
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1. The exam
Donald Trump recently received his first physical exam since taking office. Many were surprised to hear White House doctor Ronny Jackson declare that Trump is in excellent health. It has been reported that Trump hasn’t led a healthy lifestyle over the years. He also doesn’t appear to be in good health, notes both CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as well as CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.
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2. The healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency?
Before Trump’s physical exam in January 2018, there were statements about his health released by his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein. Back in 2015, Bornstein boldly declared in a statement that Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” However, some have questioned that claim based on the president’s eating habits, avoidance of regular exercise, test results, and some of the medications he’s taking.
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3. A peek inside Donald Trump’s medicine cabinet
We learned from Bornstein’s report that Trump takes several medications. Bornstein told The New York Times Trump takes Rosuvastatin for high cholesterol, an antibiotic for rosacea, and a baby aspirin for heart health. Since Trump is in his 70s, it’s not surprising he’s taking daily medications. As your body wears down, your medicine cabinet sometimes gets fuller. Trump also takes a drug called Propecia for hair loss. However, Propecia has been known to have troubling side effects.
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4. The concerning side effects of Trump’s hair loss drug
Propecia, also known by its generic name Finasteride, is used to treat male pattern baldness. According to Drugs.com, this medication could increase a patient’s risk of developing prostate cancer. It could also cause impotence, dizziness, and weakness. This drug can also affect a patient’s mental health. Studies have shown Propecia can result in depression and anger.
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5. Trump’s questionable behavior on the job
Could Propecia partly explain Trump’s odd behavior and angry outbursts? Trump has been known to go on wild Twitter rants and make inappropriate comments. One of the most recent events was when he allegedly made derogatory comments about El Salvador as well as Haitians and African countries, reports NBC News. He has also been accused of being aggressive with women he has worked closely with.
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6. Trump has been accused of treating his employees poorly
If it’s true that Trump’s hair loss medication is affecting him emotionally, this might also explain his alleged treatment of employees. In the book Fire and Fury, author Michael Wolff says Trump treated those around him as if they were unintelligent.
Wolff writes that during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, staffers were sometimes berated. Writes Wolff, “The leitmotif for Trump about his own campaign was how crappy it was and how everybody involved in it was a loser … Time spent with Trump on the campaign plane was often an epic dissing experience: everybody around him was an idiot.”
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7. A relationship-destroying drug?
Patients on hair-loss support websites have spoken up about the agonizing side effects they said they have experienced while on Propecia. Although different people react in different ways to medications, many complained about anxiety, mood swings, and anger. Others have blamed the drug for possibly destroying their relationships. One has to wonder if Propecia may have something to do with Trump’s deteriorating relationships at work and at home. He reportedly has very few friends. It’s also no secret there’s trouble in his marriage.
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8. A member of the club
Not everyone is concerned about Propecia’s side effects. Despite some of the risks of taking Propecia, Trump’s personal physician told The New York Times he also takes the drug. The newspaper’s picture of him standing next to his car, with his hair blowing in the wind is likely proof. “He has all his hair. I have all my hair,” Bornstein told the Times.
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9. What we know about Donald Trump’s mental health
During his January 2018 exam, White House physician Ronny Jackson said in a statement that Trump has good cognitive health. The president received a cognitive screening exam using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. He scored a 30 out of a possible 30. This test is generally done if a patient is suspected of having dementia, and a score of 26 and above is normal, notes Dr. Amber Robbins in her column for PBS News Hour. Says Robbins:
The test assesses language, attention, and memory recall. Parts of MoCA resemble children’s games, like drawing a box and a clock. A doctor evaluates a patient’s memory, asking the patient to remember several words and repeat them back minutes later. These sections of MoCA assess cognitive function. A note though: this test does not look at the complete picture of mental health as a psychiatric evaluation would.
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10. Are we missing something?
Although Trump received a generally positive health report, some are still questioning whether the president is truly fit to do his job. Some are concerned about Trump’s ability based on his difficulty with reading, listening, and comprehending; poor impulse control, lack of judgment, and rambling speech, reports USA Today. Based on the facts provided from the medical report, Robbins concludes we can’t possibly get the whole mental picture if we only look at Trump’s results from the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
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