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Doctor insights on: What To Eat For Dinner The Night Before A Cholesterol Test

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Dr told me to eat every 3 hrs. Have low blood sgrs around 34. Diabetic on no meds. Cholesterol test soon. Do I fast?

Dr told me to eat every 3 hrs. Have low blood sgrs around 34. Diabetic on no meds. Cholesterol test soon. Do I fast?

Possibly reactive: If you are diabetic but not on medication to treat it, you may be having reactive hypoglycemia. This occurs when the blood sugar rises excessively soon after eating, causing your pancreas to put out Insulin late, resulting in a low sugar about 3 hrs after eating. Rather than eating more frequently, you need to avoid concentrated sweets and carbohydrates that cause the sugar to rise soon after eat. ...Read more

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Can eating before a cholesterol test mess it up?

Can eating before a cholesterol test mess it up?

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

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How to tell if I have fast for 14 hours before a cholesterol test?

How to tell if I have fast for 14 hours before a cholesterol test?

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

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Is it ok to have black tea before a cholesterol test?

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

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I should have said: may I drink black decaffienated tea before a cholesterol test? I omitted the "black." I don't drink herbal teas. Ann

I should have said: may I drink black decaffienated tea before a cholesterol test?  I omitted the "black."  I don't drink herbal teas.
Ann

Black tea/ cholester: I usually tell people just to have water (8 to 16 oz) so they are hydrated before a cholesterol exam, There seems to be some mild evidence that chronic intake of green/black tea can lower LDL cholesterol after 12 weeks,so there may be a small impact, with resulting lower cholesterol.

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20030623/tea-extract-can-lower-cholesterol ...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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Can strenuous exercise before a cholesterol test increase ldl? My values are: HDL: 1.77 mmol/L LDL: 4.72 mmol/L Triglycerides: 1.12 mmol/L

Can strenuous exercise before a cholesterol test increase ldl?
My values are:
HDL: 1.77 mmol/L
LDL: 4.72 mmol/L
Triglycerides: 1.12 mmol/L

Exercise and LDL: Exercise right before a blood draw might increase HDL (the good cholesterol), but it has not been show to increase LDL (the bad cholesterol). Longterm exercise lowers LDL. Your cholesterol results are in a good range, keep exercising! ...Read more

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Where can I buy a home cholesterol test?

Where can I buy a home cholesterol test?

Don't do it!!!: You need reliable measurements of:
Total cholesterol
HDL cholesterol (good0
LDL cholesterol (Bad) and Triglycerides.
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

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What can affect the results of a cholesterol test?

What can affect the results of a cholesterol test?

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

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For what reasons do we need to fast before cholesterol test?

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

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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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Why is my cholesterol only high with an expanded cholesterol test and not a regular one?

Why is my cholesterol only high with an expanded cholesterol test and not a regular one?

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

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Can you tell me for cholesterol, do you think my cholesterol will be lower with a fasting cholesterol test?

Can you tell me for cholesterol, do you think my cholesterol will be lower with a fasting cholesterol test?

Yes: It's always advised that you check your cholesterol after at least an 8-hour fast. Your triglycerides and HDL will be affected the most. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your body to clear out the stuff you've eaten over vacation? Want to get a cholesterol test that's more like my regular diet.

How long does it take for your body to clear out the stuff you've eaten 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

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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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I'm scared — total cholesterol test came back at 294?

I'm scared — total cholesterol test came back at 294?

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

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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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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