Fasting for Your Blood Test
In order to ensure test accuracy, you may be asked to take a "fasting blood test." Patients should avoid eating and drinking after midnight of the previous day, or 8 hours prior to your blood draw. You may drink water, but it is important to avoid any other beverage. If you are taking medications it is usually recommended to continue as normal prior to your blood test, unless you have been otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider.
The most common tests that require fasting include:
· Lipid Test (cholesterol, triglycerides & HDL)
· Glucose Test
· Vitamin K
· Vitamin A
Going without food and drink for long periods of time may make you feel light-headed or give you a headache, we highly recommend that you schedule your blood draw as early as possible in the morning. We also recommend that you bring food and/or beverage with you so that you can eat/drink as soon as your blood draw is completed.
It can be overwhelming to get a true understanding of what your lab report is telling you, and easy to forget what your Healthcare Provider has explained to you during an appointment. We are committed to empowering you to understand your test results so that you can make informed decisions with your Doctors and Practitioners. The AACC is a professional organization that provides a wealth of information in clinical laboratory science. They have developed a sample of a lab report which gives a thorough explanation on how to decipher a blood test report...
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