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Doctor gives president clean bill of health

WASHINGTON — His frequent burger runs aside, President Obama is in excellent health, the White House said Thursday in its first update on his well-being in nearly three years.

Obama eats a healthy diet, exercises daily, and remains tobacco free, according to a two-page memo from his doctor after an examination last month. Obama is a former smoker who is often seen chewing nicotine gum.

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But with age, there often are aches and pains. Obama, who turns 53 in August, suffers from mild tenderness in the muscle beneath his right foot, a condition he treats by taking an occasional ibuprofen tablet.

He also takes a daily supplement to treat mild Vitamin D deficiency.

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‘‘The president’s overall health is excellent,’’ Obama’s doctor, Ronny L. Jackson, said in the memo to White House press secretary Jay Carney. ‘‘All clinical data indicates that the president is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.’’

Obama’s previous health update was in October 2011. He had his first medical exam as president in February 2010.

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