No Need to Fast Before A Cholesterol Test

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on August 11, 2016 · 0 comments

If you are getting your cholesterol tested, there is no need to fast to get accurate values. Fasting can be difficult when you have diabetes or your medical appointment is later in the day. A study just published in the European Heart Journal involving more than 300,000 people in the US, Canada and Denmark showed that you do not need to check your cholesterol on an empty stomach. In fact, all values – total cholesterol, HDLs, LDLs, triglycerides – were similar whether the person fasted or not. Denmark has been using non-fasting blood samples since 2009 and now 21 medical experts from Europe, Australia and the US agree with this approach.

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