It’s been nearly a week since President Barack Obama’s physical examination at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda yet doctors are still scrutinizing the results indicating increased cholesterol levels since his last exam in 2007.
According to ABC News, several cardiologists suggested that Obama’s rising cholesterol levels would warrant a decision to put him on cholesterol-busting statins. Others suggest he lay off the cheeseburgers and deserts, kick the (still) smoking habit, and keep up with the basketball.
“He’s just got to use a little more presidential restraint,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday.
With on-sight pastry chefs at the White House, it’s a wonder the president isn’t fighting the battle of the bulge. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, his body mass index is 23.7.Obama’s blood pressure stands at a low 105/62 and he is showing signs of wear and tear on his left knee along with a chronic case of tendinitis.
Md. Jeff Kuhlman, Obama’s doctor and the head of the White House medical unit, however declared the president “fit for duty” and believes that he will likely “remain so for the duration of his presidency.”