Fasting May Not Be Needed Before Cholesterol Test, University of Calgary Study

Published: Nov 13, 2012

Most people getting their cholesterol checked may not need to fast beforehand, a new Canadian study suggests.

Researchers found the blood tests showed similar average total cholesterol and "good" HDL cholesterol readings, in particular, regardless of whether patients had eaten recently or avoided food for more than eight hours, as is typically recommended.

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