'No need to fast' before cholesterol test

November 11, 2009 2:01:52 PM PST
For decades people have been asked to fast overnight before having a cholesterol test. Now, a major report claims, there is no need to go hungry. A review of 68 surveys in the Journal of the American Medical Association says results are just as accurate, if not better when a patient eats just before the test.

Fasting was recommended because it was thought the body needed time to digest food and to clear any fatty particles from the blood to get a more accurate reading. Researchers say it's really not unnecessary and are hoping the "no need to fast" recommendation starts catching on.


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