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If I'm taking cholesterol lowering medication, do I have to quit all drinking (alcohol)?

If I'm taking cholesterol lowering medication, do I have to quit all drinking (alcohol)?

No: Unless you have other problems, like an inherited predisposition to very high triglyceride levels which can be markedly worsened by alcohol. The doctor who is prescribing your lipid-lowering medication is your best source of information, as well as the dispensing pharmacist. Safe limits of alcohol in women are 1 standard drink/day, no more than 7/week, and never more than 3 on one occasion. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Does drinking alcohol increase your cholesterol?

Does drinking alcohol increase your cholesterol?

No, not generally: If you are on fenofibrate, it means your triglycerides are high, and alcohol can raise these free fats very high and is dangerous for you. You are also on medication for bipolar disorder, and alcohol is dangerous for that as well, worsening the disorder and also interfering with the medications you are taking. Talk to your doctor about it. Low dose alcohol (1 drink/day) can raise good cholesterol. ...Read more

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I'm planning to take cholesterol lowering medication, do I have to quit all drinking (alcohol)?

I'm planning to take cholesterol lowering medication, do I have to quit all drinking (alcohol)?

Moderation: Alcohol should always be consumed in moderation. I am unaware of a specific recommendation to cease all alcoholic beverages with statin use. ...Read more

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May I drink decaffinated tea before my cholesterol test tomorrow?

May I drink decaffinated tea before my cholesterol test tomorrow?

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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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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How long after drinking alcohol for clear blood test?

Depends on the test: Blood itself will be clear of alcohol after about 24 hours, but other markers of alcohol use may persist for up to 10 days. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol the day before a blood test impact the results?

Depends: Depending on which tests you're having and how much alcohol you drank, the results may be affected. This is especially true if you are having liver function tests done. Alcohol is also a diuretic and may lead to dehydration. This may impact other tests as well. Of course, if the test is for the presence of alcohol, you will likely be positive. ...Read more

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How long do you wait after drinking alcohol before having a full blood test?

Depends on the: Test concerned. Blood alcohol will dissipate in about 24 hours or less. Other changes in blood components, e.g. Carbohydrate deficient transferrin may be abnormal for up to two weeks, particularly after drinking for a few days. Ggt and other liver enzymes may be elevated, even after one drinking episode, for 2-3 days. ...Read more

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How does drinking alcohol 10 hours prior to a fasting blood test alter the results?

How does drinking alcohol 10 hours prior to a fasting blood test alter the results?

Liver Function Tests: Your body can metabolize only so much alcohol every hour, so depending on the amount and chronicity of your drinking, it's your liver metabolism that is mostly affected. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol the night before I start a 24hr cortisol test affect it in any way? Or should I wait to do it the next day?

Will drinking alcohol the night before I start a 24hr cortisol test affect it in any way? Or should I wait to do it the next day?

Yes, it will affect: The results of the test, and you should not use it within several days before the test. Also, if you are drinking alcohol regularly, it could influence the condition your doctor is looking for, whether its overproduction of cortisol (Cushing's syndrome) or depression. Make sure you doctor knows exactly how much you are drinking, and how often. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Yes for some tests: Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consumed. But a complete blood count will have indicators of changes in red blood cells as a result of chronic alcohol use. Chronic alcohol use: ggt, liver function tests, vitamin b12, folic acid, thiamine levels can be affected. ...Read more

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I stopped drinking a couple of months ago got to have a hair strand test will it show up previous alcohol consumption?

I stopped drinking a couple of months ago got to have a hair strand test will it show up previous alcohol consumption?

Alcohol and hair: Http://www. Soht. Org/pdf/proposal+for+alcohol+markers+_rome+and+sevilla_.pdf

this is the latest recommendation from the hair experts. ...Read more

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How long before a ua test do you have to stop drinking alcohol?

Ethyl glucoronide: A metabolite of alcohol can be detected for up to 80 hours or five days, after the last drink. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol before a male fertility test affect the result?

Not usually: I suppose a major binge might have an effect, but light alcohol use probably not. ...Read more

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How long should I stop drinking alcohol before I do a blood test to test?

How long should I stop drinking alcohol before I do a blood test to test?

Unknown: Although most alcohol is metabolized at an average rate of 1oz of alcohol per hour it depends on how much and when you last drank. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol before taking a male fertility test change the result?

Does drinking alcohol before taking a male fertility test change the result?

Maybe: Only if the man is binge drinking. One study from brazil reports that drinking greater than five drinks at one setting once a week or more frequently can impair sperm quality. ...Read more

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