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A 60-year-old female asked:

i am somewhat concerned. i am a diabetic, with no medication. my fasting blood sugar is at 102. i need to get the 12 hour fasting cholesterol test done. should i fast for 12 hours?

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Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 21 years experience
Concerned about?: Are you concerned about being diabetic or about fasting for 12 hours? If you don't feel you are able to fast for 12 hours, you should discuss with your doctor. Since you are on no meds, then likely your doc feels you would be able to handle it. Presumably you will get an early am draw so you will not exert yourself to lower bs. Most people can be ok without having to eat during sleep.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: You should fast for 12 hours before your choleric test. You diabetes seems week controlled by diet.

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Last updated Sep 10, 2013

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