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Fasting Before a Cholesterol Blood Test is Quite Unnecessary

by Savitha C Muppala on November 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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 Fasting Before a Cholesterol Blood Test is Quite Unnecessary

A new study has revealed that it may not be required to fast the stipulated eight hours before taking the blood test to check cholesterol levels.

"For routine screening, fasting for cholesterol is largely unnecessary," because it has only a slight effect on test results, said lead researcher Dr. Christopher Naugler, assistant professor of clinical pathology at the University of Calgary, in Canada.

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"Eliminating fasting as a general requirement for cholesterol testing could greatly increase convenience for patients without significantly altering test results."



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