The nation is poised to elect one of its oldest presidents, and while age doesn’t determine health, it begs the question: How much do we know and should we know about how physically fit Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are for the job?
“Age always matters” when it comes to risk for disease, said well-known aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago, but he cautions that it shouldn’t be a litmus test for the presidency.
Trump at 70 would be months older than Ronald Reagan on his election day, and Clinton will have just turned 69.
Age aside, releasing at least some medical information is an election-season ritual.
Clinton has revealed more of this usually intensely private data than Trump. Each had their own doctor write a letter last year attesting they’re in excellent health. Clinton’s was nearly two pages and included standard lab test results. Trump’s was four paragraphs with few details.
That’s a far cry from 2008 when Republican Sen. John McCain, then 71, released more than a thousand pages of medical records to show he was cancer-free and fit to serve as president.