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.
November 11, 2009 --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.