Obama in 'excellent' health, says doctor

Wednesday March 9 2016

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press following a meeting with financial regulators at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2016 to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street reform. PHOTO | AFP | Nicholas Kamm

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press following a meeting with financial regulators at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2016 to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street reform. PHOTO | AFP 

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Barack Obama's personal doctor says the president is in excellent health, and despite his greying hair has become even healthier as his time in the Oval Office goes on.

In a medical report released by the White House on Tuesday, the president's physician, Dr Ronny Jackson, paints Obama as a paragon of virtue, working out daily, eating healthy food and drinking only in moderation.

"The president's overall health remains excellent and is improved from his last formal assessment (in 2014)," wrote Jackson.

"His adherence to a healthy diet and a consistent exercise program has resulted in an improved lean body mass and lower cholesterol level."

But Obama's physical scorecard is not without blemish.

He is "tobacco" free, but makes "occasional use" of nicotine gum.