Fast For 12 Hours If Going For a Cholesterol Test

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  1. Getting a cholesterol test is easy.
  2. Food and drinks affect cholesterol profile. Fast for 12 hours to get accurate readings of LDL (“bad” cholesterol), HDL (“good” cholesterol), and triglyceride levels.
  3. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before the test.

Tell your doctor

  1. Flu or another illness shortly before the blood test can have a dramatic effect on your cholesterol levels.
  2. A change in diet in the last one week can make a difference. High levels of alcohol or carbohydrates can raise triglycerides.
  3. Did you forget to fast or sneak something to eat or drink before the test? It can affect the cholesterol levels.
  4. An underactive or overactive thyroid can affect cholesterol levels.