MASSDEVICE ON CALL — President Barack Obama was handed a clean bill of health by White House doctors, who declared him "fit for duty."
The president has quit smoking, eats healthy and only drinks in moderation, the Wall Street Journal reported. Obama quit his nicotine habit over the last year, with a previous medical exam summary listing "nicotine replacement therapy" among his medications.
"The President is in excellent health and ‘fit for duty,’" reported Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, Obama’s physician in a summary following a medical exam at the National Naval Medical Center last week. Kulman added that the president was "fit at 50" and "staying healthy at 50 plus."
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