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Advanced Care Cholesterol Test Medication
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?
Don't do it!!!:
You need reliable measurements of:
HDL cholesterol (good0
LDL cholesterol (Bad) and
They are useless when frequently measured. If you are taking medications or doing exercise and weight loss, the usual time to see if the intervention is working is not sooner than 4-6 months! Doing it more frequently will only generate anxiety and will not serve useful purpose ...Read more
Yes because Estimate: Cholesterol=a molecule made by every animal cell; promoted as a way to guess at LDL particle concentrations (eating ↑estimate confusion). It is carried within all the lipoprotein particles. LDL particles carry 3-6, 000 fat molecules/particle; cholesterol contents vary widely. LDL-C is not LDL & is only estimated: (T. Chol. - CHL-C - 20% triglycerides); yet low correlation with actual LDL particles. ...Read more
Cholesterol test: What can affect the results of a cholesterol test? ANS: time of day, diet for 3+ weeks before, blood drawn before you got out of bed?, family history, your medical history, medications you are taking. Age, gender, lab error, liver failure, acute glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome, starvation, eating way too much fat, or not enough, BCP, thyroid disease, cancer, being too fat/skinny. Ask Dr. ...Read more
Lipids: For years we've fasted overnight as you note. Recent evidence suggests it isn't necessary. Practice is only changing slowly being cautious. ...Read more
Yes: Yes yes yes, you want to have no food. You can have water if you want. That won't affect the results. Good luck. ...Read more
It would probably blow it through the roof and completely invalidate your results.
Really. ...Read more
Should be similar: Your cholesterol level may vary slightly from day to day, and it can change significantly over time with changes in diet, activity or overall health. Also, there can be some variation in the levels depending on whether both were fasting samples (i.e., using blood not taken immediately after a meal). Otherwise, there should not be a big change in 2 fasting samples taken relatively close together. ...Read more
Can you tell me for cholesterol, do you think my cholesterol will be lower with a fasting cholesterol test?
I have always got good cholesterol test. The last time I had this test was 2 years ago & the result was very good. How often should I have this test?
Yearly or biannual: Blood work is reasonable. Your health care provider will provide you with the correct interval for you. ...Read more
How long does it take for your body to clear out the stuff you've ate over vacation? Want to get a cholesterol test that's more like my regular diet.
Tough?: Hard? To answer since it depends on how long and how severe your diet varied from usual. In general, about 6-8 weeks are required for a major change in diet and/or exercise, or when stopping/starting cholesterol meds or supplements, to reflect changes in your lipid panel. It sounds like you need to schedule healthier vacations!! ...Read more
I had my cholesterol test in February, Little high, I've changed my eating and lifestyle and want to know if four months is long enough to see a change?
Yes: It is reasonable to recheck your lipids. ...Read more
Yes: Fast for the 12 hours before the test. ...Read more
Might eating something high in sugar (such as a donut) before taking a cholesterol test affect the outcome?
Cholesterol test: You can drink water before the test. ...Read more
Probably not: You can only use it if you are prepared to receive it in the proper type of medium and spin off the serum before it clots. ...Read more
What does 4.68 numbers mean in women cholesterol test. Ref range 2.00-519. Trigly 1.52 ref range 0.45-2.20?
Millimoles: The 4.68 refers to millimoles of cholesterol. This is a different unit than most us doctors are used to. It is a somewhat elevated cholesterol level. We'd rather see it closer to 2 than to 5. ...Read more
Elevated but...?: Your total cholesterol is elevated but that's not enough information to determine if it's a risk for you. What was you LDL and HDL (if you have a high HDL, it mitigates the high TC). What are your other risks? Do you have known heart disease? Diabetes? Smoker? Bad family history? HTN? -- all are factors. ...Read more
Cholesterol test: Old answer no, newer answer is maybe. Either ask the lab that is going to do the test or pass on anything other than water before. ...Read more
Wouldn't: Fasting is fasting, unfortunately. Water would be fine, but that's it. Some herbal teas may have ingredients that could affect your results. ...Read more
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Any food: Any food can affect your fast. Fasting blood work should only have you drinking water or black coffee. No food. ...Read more