The requirement to fast before a cholesterol check can be a major inconvenience.
People who forget to fast may be told to reschedule their appointments. For those who remember, sitting in a doctor's waiting room with a growling stomach can make for a rough start to the day.
Now a large new study shows that cholesterol levels aren't radically different in people who ate compared to those who fasted before their blood was drawn.
The study, which is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that people may not need to fast before they get a cholesterol test.
Experts who were not involved in the research called the results an eye-opener.
"This information is actually very, very interesting. It might change how we approach a patient," says Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
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SOURCE: WebMD Health News
Brenda Goodman, MA