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To fast or not to fast

By: Kim Atienza

Mag-fasting ka muna. Mga eight hours or more.

Doctors always remind us this before we undergo a blood test.

A recent study in Denmark as reported by Reuters Health said that most people don’t need to fast overnight before getting their blood drawn for a cholesterol test, according to a group of experts.


Reuters reported that cholesterol test results obtained one to six hours after a meal were not significantly different from results obtained after a fast.

“It could be implemented tomorrow with no problems at all,” said lead author Dr. BorgeNordestgaard, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. “Today, the key players for keeping the fasting procedure are the laboratories drawing the blood. They simply could change the procedure tomorrow, and then nobody would fast anymore. That is what we did in Denmark – and patients, clinicians and laboratories were all happy with the change.”

Nordestgaard told Reuters Healththat doctors essentially just always had patients fast before a cholesterol test. “So people got used to it without questioning the fasting procedure,” he said.

The researchers found that not fasting, compared to fasting, didn’t significantly change the levels of substances typically measured during a cholesterol test, including triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL (or bad) cholesterol and HDL (or good) cholesterol.

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