BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — You may not have to give up food the next time you go for a cholesterol test.
Experts say their research shows fasting does not make a difference in the results.
If you’ve had to do this before, you know that not eating for eight hours can be very difficult, especially if you have certain medical conditions.
This new study shows cholesterol and triglyceride levels are similar whether the patients fasted or not.
International experts issued this joint consensus initiative.
They refer to research from Denmark, Canada and the U.S. that included more than 300,000 people. So in it, doctors found it is not necessary to have an empty stomach to check cholesterol levels.
Most countries require the eight-hour fast. Denmark stopped using it seven years ago.
The experts in the consensus call fasting a barrier to population screening that can be a problem for children, older adults, diabetic patients and workers.
In fact, they recommend not fasting for most patients, especially if it is their first test or if it is for a cardiovascular risk assessment.
Doctors think non-fasting testing “will improve patient compliance.”