Fasting May Not Be Required For Cholesterol Blood Tests

Hate having to fast at least eight hours before your blood test for cholesterol, lipoproteins and triglycerides?

According to the New York Times the latest major studies show there is little difference between test results performed in a range of one to 16 hours after eating.

“Two Canadian scientists studied records of more than 200,000 people who completed at least one lipid profile during a six-month period at a laboratory in Calgary, Alberta. They recorded their fasting times before the test, and compared the readings according to the amount of time the patients fasted,” writes the Times.

“Average levels for total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol varied less than 2 percent over all the fasting times, which ranged from 1 to 16 hours. LDL cholesterol varied less than 10 percent, and triglycerides less than 20 percent.”

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