A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that fasting may not be necessary before cholesterol tests.  Test results from over 200,000 people from a period of 6 months from a Calgary, Canada lab were used in this study.  Total cholesterol and HDL varied less than 2%, LDL varied less than 10%, and triglycerides varied by 20% or less in people who had not fasted compared to those who had fasted at least 8 hours.  Although current guidelines still suggest fasting before a cholesterol test, this recommendation is based on small studies.  Based on the results of this study, do you believe guidelines may change to make cholesterol testing more convenient for patients?

For more information, please read the article from WebMD.

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