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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Before Cholesterol Test

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If I drank a good amount of alcohol seven hours before a cholesterol test, are my results basically inaccurate?

If I drank a good amount of alcohol seven hours before a cholesterol test, are my results basically inaccurate?

No: Even a non-fasting specimen is okay for monitoring this important lab parameter. Alcohol doesn't affect it much. If you do drink to excess on a daily basis, you may ruin your liver. It's a miserable way to live and die, but your cholesterol will be low. Otherwise, drink sensibly and enjoy your life. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect would eating a chocolate doughnut have on a cholesterol test?

I'm wondering what effect would eating a chocolate doughnut have on a cholesterol test?

Disaster: It would probably blow it through the roof and completely invalidate your results. Really. ...Read more

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Might consuming coffee with half and half affect my cholesterol test?

Cholesterol : Half and half has lots of fat, if you consume lots with coffee your lipid level will be raised. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a cholesterol test tell you if you have diabetes?

Would it be possible that a cholesterol test tell you if you have diabetes?

No: But a high fasting triglyceride level often indicates developing Insulin resistance and early diabetes. ...Read more

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Will a heavy fat-filled meal the day before affect fasting cholesterol test?

Will a heavy fat-filled meal the day before affect fasting cholesterol test?

cholesterol test: A fatty meal within 24hr of a fasting lipid test might cause a problem with the results in a given individual. Best to be on one's usual food pattern in the week before a blood test. ...Read more

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Might eating something high in sugar (such as a donut) before taking a cholesterol test affect the outcome?

Yes: A donut with all the affed fat would affect a cholesterol and triglyceride test. Please try to fast for 12 hours before testing. Water is allowed for hydration. ...Read more

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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

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Docs, could a cholesterol test tell you if you have diabetes?

Docs, could a cholesterol test tell you if you have diabetes?

Not directly: A blood sugar test is necessary to diagnose diabetes. However, many people with Type 2 diabetes have high triglycerides and low HDL levels, so this might make a doctor suspicious that someone with this pattern on a cholesterol panel might have diabetes. ...Read more

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