Trump Withholds Medical Records

Trump2Trump Withholds Medical Records, Politico, 3 December 2015

Trump once said that all presidential candidates should release their medical records. But so far in the 2016 race, he has declined to release his.

If elected, the businessman would take office at the age of 70, making him the oldest person ever to ascend to the presidency.

Over the course of his presidential campaign, Trump has said that he does not exercise or play sports regularly and that he eats whatever he wants – a diet heavy on bacon and steak.

“I love steak and hamburger and pasta and French fries, all of the things that we shouldn’t be eating,” he said in a response to question about his favorite foods. Asked if there were foods he could not resist, Trump responded, “Yeah, bacon, eggs, steak. You hear a report that comes out, and it says you can’t eat it and then you can, so I eat what I like.”

Clinton, Bush, and Christie all released their records. We know this about Clinton’s diet and exercise regimen:

Clinton’s physician, Lisa Bardack, wrote in her summary of the former secretary of state’s health: “She eats a diet rich in lean protein, vegetables and fruits. She exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training.”

Trump’s exercise regimen:

In a September profile in the New York Times Magazine, Trump said that he is not following a workout routine for his campaign but he considers delivering speeches to be a form of exercise in itself.

And:

In September, Trump’s discomfort during the second Republican primary debate, which lasted three hours, was visible. Afterward, he complained that the room was too hot and that the debate went on too long. He threatened to boycott the third debate if its host, CNBC, did not limit its length to two hours.

In a 2013 interview, referring to Clinton, Trump said, “You have a big health question. Will she be healthy? You always have to think about health.” And in 1999, Larry King asked him, “Do all candidates owe us their medical reports?” to which Trump replied, “I think so.”

Two questions:

1. Do you think Trump will release his medical records?
2. Do you think Trump takes any prescription medications?

I say yes to both. What say you?

Update: Just 3 hours after Politico reported Trump’s reluctance to release his medical records, he said he would:

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4 thoughts on “Trump Withholds Medical Records

  1. Marj

    If there’s an outcry for it, I’d say he’ll produce medical records but not otherwise. But I do think he takes prescription drugs.

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  2. Bix Post author

    Good point, about the outcry.

    I think my second question isn’t fair, now that I think about it. I remember a report in JAMA recently that said something like 60% of all adults, down to age 18, regularly take at least one prescription drug. This might be it:
    http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2467552

    And from the CDC

    “Among adults aged 65 and over, 70.2 percent took at least one cardiovascular agent and 46.7 percent took a cholesterol-lowering drug in the past 30 days in 2007-2010. The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs in this age group has increased more than seven-fold since 1988-1994.”

    So, the chances are good that Trump takes at least one drug.

    It’s probably rare that you’d find someone over 65 who doesn’t take anything.

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  3. Bix Post author

    Trump’s going to release his medical records. I updated the post. That didn’t take long.

    He says we will see perfection. I will be curious to see how a diet of bacon, eggs, steak, and hamburgers, and a lifestyle of no routine exercise and little sleep can result in perfection.

    By the way, I don’t think Clinton is coming clean about her diet. Politics…

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