February 28th, 2010
11:54 AM ET
4 years ago

President's doc: 'excellent' health, cut the cholesterol

President Obama is 'fit for duty,' a Navy physician reported Sunday after Obama's first presidential checkup.
President Obama is 'fit for duty,' a Navy physician reported Sunday after Obama's first presidential checkup.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama got a checkup Sunday, and his doctor liked what he found.

"The president is in excellent health and 'fit for duty,'" Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, a Navy captain and physician to the president wrote in his report. "All clinical data indicate that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency."

The doctor did recommend Obama change his eating habits a bit. "Recommend dietary modification to reduce LDL cholesterol below 130," Kuhlman wrote. The report lists Obama's LDL level at 138. LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, is what's known as "bad" cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association.

Kuhlman noted that the 48-year-old president should keep up his efforts to stop smoking. Obama's medications include nicotine replacement therapy.

The 6-foot-1-inch president weighed in at 179.9 pounds with his shoes and workout attire on.

His body mass index (BMI) is 23.7. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that's in the upper end of the "normal" weight range. "Overweight" begins at 25.0.

The White House said Obama's doctor recommended his next physical take place in August of next year, when the president turns 50.


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  1. Chris

    For JAMES, President's B-day this August would make him 49 yrs old, next year 50.

    February 28, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Buster

    'lee', the report did NOT say the president has quit smoking; maybe you should learn to read..Kuhlman noted that the 48-year-old president should keep up his efforts to stop smoking. Key words...'efforts' to stop smoking.

    February 28, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. MIchael

    Quiting smoking is extremly difficult. It is an addiction. and as a smoker I know. BTW I run over 20 miles a week and smoke a pack a day.

    February 28, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Texas Jack

    DID YOU GET A GOOD LOOK AT THIS JOKE. This is what you(YOU PEOPLE) put in the White House. Think he cares about you. Wait until you see what his health plan is going to cost YOU.

    February 28, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Jay

    @James: Come on man, use your head. If he's 48 now and his birthday is August 4, 1961 then he will be 50 in August 2011.

    February 28, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Reynaldo

    To the poster about his age: He's 48 now. In August of next year he'll be 50. August of this year, when he'll be 49, hasn't past yet.

    February 28, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Mike Mike

    Yes DubAss James! The Prez is now 48 ... will be 49 in August of 2010 .... and viola!! ... 50 years old August 0f 2011 ... next year.

    LLL ... & and all you other smoothies ... yes ... the doc did talk to him about smoking ..."Kuhlman noted that the 48-year-old president should keep up his efforts to stop smoking." Duh! why don't you ppl read more in your spare time?

    February 28, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. jdc

    You people have WAY too much time on your hands.

    February 28, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. jkristen

    Comment back to Ann.... 138 is not considered HIGH or unhealthy for LDL ... so our President is in excellent health.... 130 is a set mark, but 8 points over is far from out of the normal range. Recent reports in both JAMA and Lancet medical journals reported much wider variances were both safe and very normal and had only recently been lowered to 130.

    February 28, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. vee

    It is amazing how most people do not know how to read and comprehend what they read. Unfortunately, these are the same folks that are given the privilege to vote. No wonder why this country is in great trouble and why we cannot fully compete with other countries. Fellow Americans, some of you need to get your reading comprehension above 4th grade level before you start giving your opinion. Not only do you sound like an ass, but you prove that you are definitely one

    February 28, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Mark C

    *** If he was able to lick the drug addiction that he had in college (for many years) with heavy drugs, on his own, with no medical assistance of any kind, to stop smoking should be easy for him. ***

    He didn't have a drug addiction, you imbecile. Neither of the drugs he describes using are even addictive.

    February 28, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Rodrigo

    To James:

    The article states, "next physical take place in August of next year, when the president turns 50." He will be 49 on Aug 4, 2010 and will turn 50 the following August. Therefore there is no discrepancy there.

    February 28, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Jay

    I am glad he is in good physical shape. His job demands it.

    February 28, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    160 to 170 is the average adult LDL level. Aim is 130, but anything between 130 and 145 is still considered LOW.

    You folks don't know much, do you? For instance, what is your OWN LDL? Bet you haven't a clue. What's your HDL?

    February 28, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Dylan from MN

    When I was 20 years old my blood cholesterol was too high for my age, the trend continued for the next couple of years, then I decided to become vegetarian and later vegan. Now my blood cholesterol is normal and at 25 and I'm the best shape I've ever been in. Go veg Mr. President!

    February 28, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. me

    It is all the stress, which causes cholesterol to raise. He has plenty of stress. And smoking does not help either.

    February 28, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. James

    to the guy who said "kicking cigarettes should be easy if he kicked drug addictions":

    Not that Obama ever had ANY addictions to drugs, but..... This clearly shows how uninformed you are. As a former drug addict and alcoholic I can safely state that the hardest thing I've ever quit using in my life were cigarettes. They were, for myself at least, more difficult to quit using than alcohol, cocaine or any other addictive substance I had used. Cigarettes are FAR from easy to quit.

    February 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. sifto77

    doc Gene–you are not a real doc if you believe that obesity kills faster than smoking..smoking causes heart disease, cancer, terminal lung problems and a host of other things that obesity does not come close to–besides–smoking causes asthma in children (second hand) and causes cancer in other people 2nd hand..and on and on....

    February 28, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Tweety

    It amazes me how our President is being crutinized about his doctor's visit....that is TMI (too much information). YOU never heard of any of our previous President's doctor orders....r u kidding me?? Our President has enough on his hands with this economy (he inherited) and he seem to be in GREAT shape considering what he has on his shoulders. Agree or disgree with the man but give him a break! If you think you can do a better job then YOU go run for President and see how your health will change drastically

    February 28, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Wants to shove Health care down our throats....and doesn't even have the self discipline to keep cigarettes out of his !!!! He will be a One Term Wonder.......

    February 28, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. MWA

    I don't agree with Obama's smoking habits, but that he's trying to quit is a good sign. So his LDLs need to be reduced. How many of you have holier than thou cholesterol levels. Some of you don't even know what yours is. So gimme an effin break with the idiocy. I agree with one poster about some of you who don't even read the article to comprehend it. Geez.

    February 28, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. ben

    Glad to hear the President is healthy. We need him to remain healthy.

    February 28, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. James

    I'd be more concerned with the number smoking has done on his coronaries than chasing the ideal LDL value.

    February 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Dallas

    Check out the NCEP ATP III guidelines that physicians and cardiologists among other specialists use for determining what cholesterol levels should be. He has multiple additional risk factors and should be well below 130, way below. My job is to talk this stuff every day with physcians, and they think the guidelines should be MORE strict than they are now! Before you say his 130 is o.k. do some research.

    February 28, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Great news Mr. President, we already know your brain is mentally active now keep taking care of the physical parts.

    February 28, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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