A 38-year-old female asked:

My doctor always does full blood panel work on me even if i'm not fasting. is this ok or will results be inaccurate ?

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Dr. Yvonne Duffe
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Some inaccuracy: While fasting blood work is more accurate for values such as your lipid panel, glucose and liver enzymes, the blood work is still useful as long as your physician takes into account that it is non-fasting. Much of the rest of the results of a general panel are not dependent on being fasting. I would be sure to remind him or her when it had been a non-fasting blood draw so as not to miss that.
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