Obama passes physical exam, is 'tobacco free'

By REUTERS
November 1, 2011 01:16

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama passed his latest physical check-up with flying colors and is now "tobacco free," a medical report showed on Monday.

"The president is in excellent health and 'fit for duty'," his physician, Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman, wrote after conducting Obama's physical examination last week. "All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency."

Obama, who struggled to kick his smoking habit, was described as being "tobacco free," eating healthy, exercising regularly and having a healthy weight. The two-page report also said that he "on occasion drinks alcohol in moderation."

When Obama had his last physical in February 2010, he had not yet stopped smoking. His doctors at the time recommended he continue "smoking cessation efforts" and alter his diet to bring down a cholesterol level that was borderline high.

In June of 2009, when asked if he still smoked cigarettes, Obama said he was "95 percent cured" but added "there are times when I mess up."


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