Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump released a one-page summary of his health on Thursday that notes he takes cholesterol-lowering medication but is otherwise in “excellent physical health.”
Dr. Harold N. Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital said Trump, who is 6-foot-3 inches tall, and weighs 236 pounds, is prescribed rosuvastatin, a lipid lowering medication used to treat high-cholesterol, and also takes a low dose aspirin daily.
Trump was hospitalized once, at the age of 11 for an appendectomy, and does “not use tobacco products or alcohol,” wrote Bornstein, who has been treating Trump for more than 30 years.
The letter’s release coincided with Trump appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” that aired Thursday, in which the GOP candidate shared the results of the physical exam he underwent with Bornstein on Sept. 9.
On the show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, reviewed Bornstein’s letter and noted that Trump’s Body Mass Index, or BMI, which is used to determine body fat, “is high.”
Based on Trump’s height and weight, his BMI is 29.5, which the National Institutes of Health classifies as “overweight.”
“If I had one thing, I’d like to lose weight,” Trump said, adding that he would like to drop 15 to 20 pounds. “It’s tough because of the way I live.”
Trump spoke broadly about his health care agenda, saying women should be able to purchase birth control without a doctor’s prescription because many women “just aren’t in a position to go get a prescription.”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also released a medical update from her doctor on Wednesday after recovering from a bout of pneumonia made public on Sunday, after the former secretary of state staggered out of the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero.
The two-page letter by Dr. Lisa Bardack notes the Clinton was diagnosed with a sinus and ear infection earlier in the year, but describes Clinton as being generally “healthy and fit.”
Clinton, according to the letter, takes Armor Thyroid to treat her hypothyroidism, and Coumadin, a medication used to treat blood clots. In 2012, Clinton fell and suffered a concussion and blood clot.
“The remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition,” Bardack wrote.
Clinton, who resumed campaigning on Wednesday, after taking a three-days off to recover, declined to tell reporters after a campaign rally in Greensboro, N.C. when she exactly notified running mate Tim Kaine of her pneumonia diagnosis.
“Look, this was an ailment that many people just power through, and that’s what I thought I would do as well,” Clinton said. “I didn’t want to stop, I didn’t want to quit campaigning. I certainly didn’t want to miss the 9/11 memorial.”