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Sanders in 'very good health,' medical records show

AFP logoAFP 1/28/2016
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a forum at Roosevelt High School on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa © Provided by AFP Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a forum at Roosevelt High School on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa

White House hopeful Bernie Sanders, the oldest candidate in the US presidential race, released a letter from his physician Thursday stating the 74-year-old is in "very good health."

Should Sanders win the Democratic nomination and go on to victory, he would be the oldest person ever elected to the presidency. The senator has stressed in recent public forums that he is in excellent health, and his doctor confirmed that.

"You are in overall very good health and active in your professional work, and recreational lifestyle without limitation," Brian Monahan, the attending physician of the US Congress whose office has treated Sanders for 26 years, wrote in a letter released by the campaign.

It said a recent physical examination showed Sanders to have normal readings for blood pressure, cholesterol, metabolism and blood glucose. His electrocardiogram was also normal.

Over the years he has been treated for conditions including gout, a kind of arthritis, as well as hypothyroidism and the painful colon condition diverticulitis. He has had two hernias repaired.

Sanders takes a daily doses of the metabolism regulator levothyroxine, according to Monahan.

Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, released her health records last July.

She and Sanders are battling to the wire to see who will win Iowa, which kicks off the nominations race with its caucuses on February 1.

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