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No Need to Fast Before Cholesterol Check

Researchers and doctors from Denmark have been testing the difference in results from patients who fasted before a cholesterol blood test and those who didn’t. Since 2009, the study shows that those who did not fast before cholesterol tests didn’t show a vast, if any, difference from those who did fast.

Patients usually fast before a cholesterol check so that their levels are more stable and less affected by food eaten that morning. Scientists thought that eating before the test would produce incorrect readings on their cholesterol.

With these new studies in from Denmark, fasting may be eliminated before needing a cholesterol test. This way doctors hope that more people will want to take the test, instead of foregoing it for lack of desire of fasting.

To read more about this study, read the full article here.