A 51-year-old female asked:
why does a cardiologist do fasting blood tests? is this routine?
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Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Why fast for tests: Fasting blood tests are used to get an idea of what your lipid and glucose levels are. If your lipids are elevated on a fasting blood sample, you need dietary, k exercise and/or drug therapy to control their levels. If you fasting glucose is normal, that does not rule out diabetes. Another test called a hemoglobin a1c will give you a better idea of your have diabetes if it's elevated.
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Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Fasting blood test is routinely done especially for blood sugar and lipid panel.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Severe symptoms of hypoglycemia but all tests blood tests including fasting blood tests show that there's apparently nothing rong? Wats rong with me?!
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Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Not normal: You should seek a second opinion. Hypoglycemia is a disorder and must be fully investigate as it can be dangerous especially if you drive or operate machinery.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Do sexual diseases show on regular fasting blood tests done by doctors?
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Pathology 49 years experience
No: There are separate tests for each of the sexually transmitted infections. There is no well defined panel of "regular" blood tests.
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