The president’s cholesterol has been creeping up too, and dietary changes were recommended. Here’s where the opportunity for what is called these days a “teachable moment” was missed. Moderate drinking, especially wine with meals, is one of the more effective means of improving cholesterol profiles. In fact, in the words of Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine, “…only stopping smoking would have a larger beneficial effect on heart disease than for a non-drinker to begin having a drink or two each day.” But our government has a long and proud tradition of suppressing information about healthful drinking, as I describe in my book.
See the full report on the president’s exam here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/release-presidents-medical-exam.