Fasting before cholesterol screening may be unnecessary, study finds

11/13/2012 | WebMD

Canadian researchers looked at results of cholesterol tests for more than 200,000 people and found small differences in total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol readings between those who have recently eaten and those who fasted for at least eight hours. The two patient groups had a less than 10% variance in LDL cholesterol and less than 20% variance in triglycerides. The findings appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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