We at Medical Specialists® Pharmacy have yet to see Donald Trump come to us requesting treatments for any possible medical conditions he may have. However, perhaps the United States president should consider it.
Not only do we provide most of the treatments he supposedly takes, more importantly for him, we ensure the absolute utmost in patient confidentiality. It certainly seems this concept has been lost on those around Trump.
Speaking in a series of interviews given to the New York Times, Donald Trump’s own personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, gave a detailed account into Trump’s state of health and the medications he takes on a daily basis. One might argue this is slightly flabbergasting though, considering patient’s health details should not be shared with third parties, let alone with the rest of the world!
According to Dr. Bornstein, the president currently takes a daily aspirin to lower his risk of heart attack, an antibiotic to treat the skin condition rosacea, a statin to lower bad LDL cholesterol and finasteride to combat hair loss.
Amazingly, this is not the first occasion that Dr. Bornstein has used the public domain to discuss Trump’s health. In December 2015 he released a four-paragraph letter praising the then-presidential candidate.
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Dr. Bornstein raved. Offering little in the way of medical evidence, he claimed Mr. Trump had no significant illness and nothing that required treatment outside of his office.
Eight months later, Dr. Bornstein found himself in the news yet again and causing a stir by stating that he had concocted the letter in five minutes while a limousine sent by Mr. Trump waited outside.
A second letter in September 2016 seemed to leave out certain details that would be expected in a summarised report of a patient’s health. Dr. Bornstein however did write that “Mr. Trump is 6-foot-3, weighs 236 pounds, has a normal blood pressure of 116/70 and takes a drug called rosuvastatin (marketed as Crestor) to lower cholesterol and other lipids.”
It is unclear how high Trump’s lipid levels were prior to taking rosuvastatin, but Dr. Bornstein claimed the levels fell into a normal range during recent tests: cholesterol, 169; HDL cholesterol, 63; LDL cholesterol, 94; triglycerides, 61.
The most interesting revelation in the recent interviews of Dr. Bornstein by the Times may be the fact the newly elected president takes a daily small dose of finasteride. Often prescribed to men suffering with an enlarged prostate, the drug works to block the effects of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the prostate gland, thus reducing the size of the prostate and easing symptoms.
With finasteride impacting on DHT, this could go some way to explaining the fact Trump’s medical records showing low levels of the protein PSA, or prostate-specific antigen. Higher levels of PSA can be a marker for prostate cancer, but lower levels can often mean the person has received treatment for an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
However, Dr. Bornstein told the Times that the president has neither suffered had an enlarged prostate or suffered with prostate cancer, instead linking Trump’s low PSA level to taking hair loss medication Propecia – which contains the active ingredient finasteride.
Speaking to the Times, the physician praised finasteride for helping to maintain Trump’s full head of hair, as well as his own long locks. “He has all his hair,” and added “I have all my hair.”
This may solve the long-standing riddle regarding Trump’s hair, with his luscious, thick, and sometimes wild-looking hair often causing as much speculation as his controversial policies. For years many have debated whether Trump has undergone a hair transplant, wears a toupee, or has had hair weaves attached to his own natural hair.
Maybe the answer is none of these, and the president could have simply been prescribed hair loss treatment Propecia all this time, as a way to both slow down male pattern baldness and maybe even re-grow some hair.
How does Propecia work to treat hair loss?
Propecia (finasteride) prevents formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the hair cell, by blocking an important enzyme (Type II 5á-reductase) which converts testosterone to DHT which is involved in the regulation of the hair follicle.
DHT is a chemical (hormone) that naturally occurs in the male scalp which is present in higher levels in men who suffer from male pattern baldness. Because Propecia (finasteride) decreases the formation of DHT in the scalp and hair follicle, this can lead to reversal of the balding process; it increases hair growth and prevents further hair loss associated with male pattern baldness.
Without treatment through Propecia (finasteride), the DHT will continue to contribute to shortening of the growth phase and thinning of the hair.