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Trump’s Health {Diet, Exercise, Stress, Sex, Sleep} Risk of Heart Attack?

Is Donald Trump at Risk of Having a heart attack? Donald Trump received his first comprehensive physical exam as sitting president this January (2018) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson conducted the exam and claimed that the President was “in excellent health.”

While such exams are voluntary, presidents can decide which details they wish to disclose to the public. Furthermore, Trump is currently the oldest sitting president in U.S history, and many have questioned the state of his health given his proclivities for fast food meals and scant exercise.

In particular, many have suggested that Trump’s diet puts him at major risk of heart failure, if not a heart attack while in office.

Could Trump have a heart attack? Let’s look at Trump’s health including his diet, exercise routine, stress level, sex life, and sleep habits to determine potential health risks.

1. Trump’s Diet: What Does He Eat?

One of the most fundamental places to begin when assessing any individual’s risk for heart disease of any kind is diet.

Overweight and obese people are at greater risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, gout, respiratory issues, and even stroke; the popular Weight Watchers program is founded in the belief that a healthy lifestyle and diet can help combat these serious medical conditions.

While the President conducts most of his affairs, both personal and professional, behind closed doors, we do have a general idea of what Donald Trump eats on a daily basis.


Trump has reputedly claimed in press interviews that he tends to skip breakfast, avoiding it in order to prioritize his favorite meal of the day: dinner.

If he must eat what is arguably the most important meal of the day, he opts for McDonald’s McMuffins (one or two) or a portion of crispy bacon and over-medium eggs. He does not consume caffeine in the morning.

Trump’s tendency to avoid calories in the morning is risky. Skipping breakfast has long been associated with coronary heart disease. In fact, a new Harvard study discovered that men who skip breakfast are 27% more likely to experience a heart attack than those who do start their days with a small meal.

The Egg McMuffins aren’t helping Trump out in this regard, either. 36% of a McMuffin’s 300 calories come from fat; one McMuffin delivers a whopping 30% of the daily recommended intake of saturated fats.

The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation asserts that overconsumption of saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol can elevate a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

Lunch & Dinner:

The current president does at least consume lunch and dinner, although according to his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump will sometimes forgo food for 14 or 16 hours at a time.

For these meals, Trump will opt for his favorites: steaks with sides of ketchup, Big Macs, Filet-o-Fish McDonald’s sandwiches, pizza (without the crust), and chocolate shakes.

Throughout the day, Trump reputedly indulges his penchant for Diet Coke, sometimes drinking up to twelve cans a day. The White House pantry is also allegedly brimming with Lay’s potato chips and bags of Doritos.

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Unfortunately, in terms of heart health, Trump’s lunch, snack and dinnertime habits aren’t scoring many points. While routine periodic fasting can be, at times, surprisingly beneficial to your health, fasting that culminates in fast food feasting (Big Macs, etc.) can more than negate those benefits, coaxing the body to consume more saturated fat and carbohydrates than are strictly necessary.

The notable absence of fiber culled from fruits and vegetables, whole grain carbohydrates, and healthy fats in Trump’s current diet is also unsettling. Dietary fiber can improve blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

A fast-food diet high in saturated and trans fats also increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke due to its capacity to elevate blood cholesterol levels. Trump currently takes medication to reduce high levels of blood cholesterol.

While researchers have yet to pinpoint a definitive relationship between sugary beverages like Diet Coke with cardiovascular disease, such beverages have historically been associated with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

2. Trump’s Exercise Routine:

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Photo credit: Scott Heppell / AP

Fitness and stress are additional factors that can either increase or decrease one’s risk of heart disease. Individuals who live high-stress lives are at greater risk of conditions that lead to heart conditions, such as hypertension and high blood pressure.

Following Trump’s January physical exam, the president was encouraged to exercise more. Yet little evidence exists as to whether or not Trump actually follows a legitimate exercise regime, save for his frequent golfing trips. (It’s really hard to find a recent photo of Donald Trump exercising, which isn’t a good sign!) 

In fact, Trump seems to believe that copious exercise may actually be counterproductive, as earlier this year he told Reuters:

“A lot of people go to the gym and they’ll work out for two hours and all… Then they get their new knees when they’re 55 years old and they get their new hips and they do all those things. I don’t have those problems.”

OK, so apparently Trump doesn’t think that lack of exercise (or climate change) are an issue. However, a 2012 study revealed that lack of physical activity is a major cause of most chronic conditions, including heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

3. Trump’s Stress Level:

trump stress level

Stress can limit the amount of healthy exercise we engage in on a weekly basis, and it’s been proven that frequent anger and negative emotions can increase risk of heart disease.

Trump’s mental health is a topic of heated debate, but most people would at least agree that he’s an, “angry person.” 

Also, the office of president is notorious for its extreme physiological and emotional demands due to the sheer amount of stress it incurs. and This study seems to confirm that being president is, quite simply, “bad for your health,”

4. Trump’s Sex Life:

donald trump sex life
Photo Credit: Molly Riley/AFP/Getty

Ok, we don’t mean to pry into Donald Trump’s sex life, but it’s relevant to whether he’s at risk of having a heart attack. Why? Because regular sex can reduce your risk of heart attack by up to 50%!

Unfortunately, I don’t there’s positive news when it comes to this heart attack risk factor either, as Melania and Donald are rarely together. In fact, although Melania has moved from New York and now lives in the White House, the couple still sleeps in different bedrooms.

Factor in that Trump is often in Melania’s doghouse due to revelations about various affairs with other women, (Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, etc.) and I have to assume that their physical bond isn’t always strong.

5. Trump’s Sleep Habits:

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Trump’s former doctor, Ronny Jackson, stated that Donald Trump only sleeps 4-5 hours per night. That’s far less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night.

“You know, I’m not a big sleeper. I like three hours, four hours, I toss, I turn, I beep-de-beep, I want to find out what’s going on.” – Donald Trump, 2016

While some scientists believe about 1% of people, called “short sleepers,” only need 5 hours of sleep, we aren’t sure if Trump is part of that group. However, we do know that for most people lack of sleep doubles the risk dying from of heart disease.

Trump’s (Real?) Height, Weight, BMI

Let’s look at Donald Trump’s height and weight for more clues to his health and potential risk of heart attack.

Trump claims that he is 6′ 3″ and weighs 239 pounds. However, many people believe that’s “fuzzy math,” especially after revelations that Trump dictated most of his own medical report for his doctor to write. (Um, really!?)

Also, that height and weight would put Trump’s BMI (body mass index) at 29.9, just under the “30” level, which would categorize him as “obese,” clearly a distinction that the President would want to avoid.

After Trump’s dubious exam results claimed that height and weight, a number of people trolled Trump mercilessly on Twitter:

Ok, it’s not fair to compare him to a professional athlete, but the idea is that Trump is understating his weight, and maybe adding an inch or two to his height. (His N.Y. driver’s license says 6′ 2″… Fake news!?)

So, it may not be possible to calculate an accurate risk of heart disease from the numbers that Trump’s doctor claims, but let’s try anyway. Using the Mayo Clinic’s Heart Disease Risk Calculator, they give Trump a 30% risk of heart disease.

However, if the President’s weight and resulting BMI is more than he claims, his resulting risk of heart disease and having a heart attack would be higher. (Also, there is no question on the form about, “how many Big Mac’s do you eat a week?” or, “how many angry tweet-storms do you engage in after midnight?” on their calculator!) 

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Trump’s Relative Heart Health

Given all of this evidence, what is Trump’s relative heart health?

The American Heart Foundation defines heart health in relationship to cholesterol levels, blood pressure, diabetes, mental health, physical activity, and nutrition.

It suggests that a diet low in salt and unhealthy fats can help maintain a healthy weight and lower blood cholesterol levels. Regular physical activity and healthy social support systems can also contribute to heart health.

We do not have extensive details from Trump’s physical exam to fully answer this question. Yet broad analysis of Trump’s dietary and physical habits suggest that Trump’s heart health is not where it could be.

In fact, Trump’s doctor, Ronny Jackson, did reveal that Trump underwent a coronary calcium CT scan as part of his routine physical exam, and got a score of 133.

Here’s what a 100+ score means:

“A moderate amount of plaque is present. You have heart disease, and plaque may be blocking an artery. Your chance of having a heart attack is moderate to high.”

Yikes, that’s not good! At this point in time, Trump lacks key components of good heart health: regular physical activity and a nutritious, low-sodium, low-fat diet.

Conclusion: Could Trump Have a Heart Attack?

trump heart health

At the end of the day, will Trump have a heart attack?

While it is impossible to confidently answer this question, it is safe to claim that high blood cholesterol levels, poor eating habits, and lack of physical exercise do indeed put Mr. Trump at risk of heart disease.

Accumulated levels of LDL cholesterol–the “bad” kind of cholesterol–can line and clog the body’s arteries, preventing blood flow to the heart. Obstructed blood flow can easily cause a stroke or heart attack.

Certainly, Trump is allegedly taking medication for his cholesterol.

Yet, Trump has not visibly altered his commitment to a diet that is likely contributing to his high cholesterol levels; nor has he demonstrated a desire to implement regular physical activity into his daily routine. The extreme stresses of his professional life are likely not helping his current heart health, either, making heart disease or a heart attack more likely.

The idea that the health of the leader of the free world may be at risk of a heart attack is disconcerting. In fact, in this polarized era of fake news, I imagine that a headline reading, “Donald Trump Suffers Massive Heart Attack” could be met with violence, conspiracy theories, and global chaos!

Lifestyle Changes: What Can Donald Trump Do to Reduce His Risk of Heart Attack?

There are a number of actions that Donald Trump could take immediately to reduce his risk of a heart attack:

  1. Adopt a healthier diet
  2. Reduce stress level & anger
  3. Improve sleep habits
  4. Increase exercise
  5. Improve sex life / marital relations

Well, I just don’t see Trump taking the time to improve his diet and lifestyle. (Perhaps Melania could download an app like WW or Noom on his phone?) While there’s nothing we can do improve Trump’s health and diet, we can certainly improve our own.

Are you ready to reduce your risk of heart failure? At MightyDiets.com, you can find the information you need to learn about the most effective dieting programs available to consumers.

So, why not consider living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight with a popular and inexpensive program like Weight Watchers or a free app like MyFitnessPal?

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McDonalds Menu: 1950’s Portions vs. Today (Shocking!)

McDonald portion sizes 50’s vs now: McDonalds opened their first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois, and they offered only 9 menu items! Although the current menu varies by region and restaurant location, there are now over 150 menu items available worldwide.

The biggest change at McDonalds compared to the 1950’s is probably in their portion sizes. In most menu items the portions have more than doubled, which is certainly one of the biggest reasons we have an obesity crisis in America. Checkout this 1-minute video illustrating how portions have grown at McDonalds since the 1950s:

McDonalds: Change In Portion Sizes “Then and Now”

  • Burgers: When McDonalds first started serving “fast food” in 1955 their only option for a hamburger was 3.7 oz. – Compare that to today when their quarter pounders w/ cheese and Big Macs are all 7-9+ oz each!
  • French Fries: Like burgers, you only had one size option in the mid-1950’s, and fries were 2.4 oz. – That’s small by today’s standards. In fact, it’s literally smaller than their “small” fries which are 2.6 oz. Portions get bigger from there, as their large fries are 5.9 oz.!
  • Sodas: Back in 1955 there was one size of soda, and it was a modest 7 oz. – That’s only a fraction of the size of sodas at McDonalds today, with the large soda tipping the scales at 30 oz. – If you drink the whole thing, you should know that you’ve got about 2 pounds of soda in your stomach with a shocking 97g of sugar! Sweet tea is just as bad. Yikes!

McDonalds Menu: 1950s

mcdonalds menu 1950s
mcdonalds menu 1950s

McDonalds amazing menu! Minute-man service, fastest food in town, prices that please, making dining at McDonalds a real family pleasure. Everything is so inviting, so spotlessly clean; stop at McDonalds for a heap of fun and lots of good eating. (And reasonable portion sizes?!) 

Related: First ever McDonald’s TV Commercial, w/ a Creepy Ronald McDonald!

Obesity Rates 1950s vs Now

It’s no coincidence that fast food portion sizes and obesity rates were both much smaller in the 1950s. In fact, the obesity rate in the 1950s was about 10% compared to nearly 40% today.

That’s McScary!

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Nutrition: If you Must Eat at McDonalds Today…

Speaking of “nutrition” and “McDonalds” is a bit of an oxymoron, but if you are on a diet or counting WW points, you can use the calculator at mcdonalds.com to add up the calories, fat, carbs, and protein in your meal.

You can truly ring up a shocking number of carbs and calories on an average meal like this:

mcdonalds nutrition infographic

Of course, there are much better menu choices than burgers and fries, but hang around a McDonalds for a while, and you’ll see that not many people are ordering salads or veggie burgers. (if even available!)

Much Larger Portion Sizes at Restaurants

While most of us know the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, portion size is harder to determine. Most restaurants serve portions that are much bigger than the recommended size, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why we are overweight.

McDonald’s isn’t the only culprit with portion sizes, as most restaurants now serve portions twice as big as our parents’ generation. It’s also the foundation of meal delivery diets like Nutrisystem that offer pre-portioned meals, and meal delivery services like Home Chef (coupons). At first these pre-portioned meals can look comically small until you realize that they are the correct size, and what we are used to is actually super-sized!

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First McDonalds TV Commercial w/ Ronald McDonald (So Creepy!)

First ever commercial for McDonalds: If you’re looking for a way to scare your kids straight into eating healthy, this original McDonalds commercial might help. Apparently that’s the first Ronald McDonald, although he looks more like a clown that has crawled out of a dumpster in my nightmares!

Behold the first ever McDonalds commercial to air on TV:

First McDonalds Commercial on TV (1963)

Narrator: Introducing the world’s newest, silliest, and hamburger-eatingest clown, Ronald McDonald! Now, where is that clown? Oh, Ronald… Ronald…” 

Ronald McDonald: Here I am kids! (Ahhhhhh!!!) Hey, isn’t watching TV fun? Especially when you got delicious McDonald’s hamburgers!

Narrator: Ronald, you can’t be on TV and watch it at the same time! Now come on and meet the boys and girls!”

Ronald McDonald: Oh, we’ve already met. I know we’re going to be friends, too, ’cause I like to do everythinig boys and girls like to do, especially when it comes to eating those delicious McDonalds hamburgers. A magic tray here keeps me well-supplied, McDonalds hamburgers, fries, and milk shakes. Watch for me on TV, we’ll have lots of fun! (Squeek! Squeek!)

Jingle: He’s Ronald McDonald, the hamburger-happy clown… a McDonalds drive-in restaurant, is his favorite place in town!

*Where is he eating those hamburgers? Is that a child’s bedroom?

So Creepy… Hey, That’s Willard Scott!

first ronald mcdonald willard scott
first ronald mcdonald willard scott

Yes, the creepy clown is none other than Willard Scott who was asked to come up with a character similar to Bozo the Clown, whose show had just gone off the air. Willard would later become famous as the weatherman for NBC’s Today Show, although McDonalds never credited him with originating the character of Ronald McDonald.

If you’re over 40, you might remember that Willard would always wish really old people (100+ years old) a “Happy Birthday” after his weather report, sponsored by Smuckers.

Anyway, you wouldn’t have guessed from the first commercial, but McDonalds would go on to become a $130 billion dollar company, selling over 300 billion burgers! (And Weight Watchers would become a billion dollar company just trying to take them off your body!) 

Hmmm… That means that if original clown, Willard Scott, could have gotten a royalty of just a penny per burger sold for creating Ronald McDonald, the company would now owe him over 3 billion dollars. Now, that’s scary! 

*Related: Here’s How McDonalds Portion Sizes Have Grown |  Is Donald Trump at Risk of Heart Attack?

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Sweet Tea: Sweet But Deadly – Like Shirley Temple w/ Ebola

arizona sweet teaSweet but deadly: Sweet Tea – Feeling like I needed a boost, I stopped in at our local CVS to pick up photos and grabbed one of those large cans of Arizona Sweet Tea. Ahhh… Just the name, “sweet tea” reminds me of living in the South as a kid, so I got a little bit of free nostalgia with my $1 purchase.

I was in a bit of a rush, so I only glanced at the nutritional facts on the side of the can which reported 23 grams of sugar. Not bad, I thought, as I remember sodas having a lot more. It wasn’t until I was half way done with the can that I double-checked the label, and to my horror, realized that sugar content was per serving, and a single tall can has 3 servings within!

One can of iced tea has three servings? Great, let’s make it a tea party!

As I mentioned, one of those tall cans reports containing 3 servings, so I’m wondering if people go out in groups of three to buy each can, or if a single person divides that can into thirds, drinking it over the course of a few days? Obviously it’s a tactic meant to confuse you from realizing the actual sugar content, which is part of the reason more than 1/3 of Americans are now obese; costing America billions.

Excuse me server, can I have 17 packets of sugar for my tea?

You are probably quick with math, and don’t need me to tell you that 3 times 23 equals 69 grams of sugar in just one can!

So, how much is that? Imagine getting an unsweetened ice tea at a restaurant, and adding 17 packets of sugar! (While everyone in the restaurant looks on in horror!) Sounds insane, but that’s what you’re getting in one can. You might get a free serving of Type 2 Diabetes with drinks like that.

Here’s what 17 packets of sugar on a plate looks like: (in one sweet tea)

grams of sugar in sweet tea

Consider that the World Health Organization recommends a daily sugar intake of only 25 grams, (6 teaspoons) so by drinking that Arizona Ice Tea, I was over the recommended intake by 300%, and hadn’t even eaten lunch yet!

Well, I’m not the first to be horrified by the amount of sugar in soft drinks, but even this surprised me.

So, how much is a gram of sugar anyway?

Beverage companies like to confuse you as to how much sugar they add, so they’ll report it in grams. The conversion is confusing, and it’s the same reason that casinos convert your dollars to chips; if you saw the dealer take a $20 bill from you every time you lost a hand of black jack, you probably wouldn’t stay very long at the table!

Anyway, if you’re trying to envision how much sugar a gram is, consider that a teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams. That same amount is about what is in a packet of sugar in America.

If you think you’re making a good choice getting tea instead of soda, you might be wrong. I also noticed that the Arizona Rx Energy tea also has the same disgusting amount of sugar.

Sweet tea is currently making a comeback, and is offered at a myriad of restaurants from McDonald’s to Zoe’s Kitchen where the sugar content is similar to above. (They add ice, which reduces the amount of actual liquid in the cup though) It’s even worse than “lemonade” which often has more sugar than soda (one 16oz bottle = 52 grams of sugar) but also sounds like a better alternative. Please share!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest