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America's 10 Unhealthiest Presidents

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5. Warren Harding

29th President (1921-1923)

Hypertension, diabetes: Even before he became president, Harding had high blood pressure and signs of diabetes.

Heavy tobacco user: Not only did Harding smoke two cigars a day and chew tobacco, but he also indulged in the occasional pipe and cigarette. He was so fanatical about the condition of his cigars that he brought his cigar humidor with him from his Ohio home to Washington.

Overweight: Harding tipped the scales at over 200 pounds in 1918.

Heart disease: Harding's physical health was in rapid decline in the late 1910s through the early 1920s. Combined with his weight problem and shortness of breath, Harding also became easily tired and had occasional chest pains. In 1923, he died of a sudden heart attack.

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drthan wrote:

Ummm...Where's FDR on this list? polio with paralysis, severe heart disease with CHF due to chronic hypertension, probable metastatic melanoma, severe atherosclerosis. Died shortly into 4th term. A glaring omission maybe due to the fact that his medical records were lost/destroyed.

10/3/2011 11:16:51 PM Report Abuse

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