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Annual check up & blood tests - question

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by MelanieL, Dec 6, 2017 at 10:26 PM.

  1. MelanieL

    MelanieL · Active Member

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    I'm going crazy, as I've been T1 for 10 or more years, but I'm confused. It's time for my annual check up, with the usual blood tests that precede the event. This year, when I booked it, the GP receptionist told me that I needed to fast for 12 hours, which is fair enough, but he also told me that I must not have any fluids - even water.
    I didn't query it at the time, but now, confronted with the test tomorrow, the thought of not a drop of water between now and 9.30 in the morning seems unusual, and I can't remember if I was told the same thing last year!
    What does everyone else do prior to their tests? Water, or no water?
     
  2. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No restriction on water, in fact it is good to be hydrated as it makes extracting blood easier. I was told once by a receptionist not to drink water, my DN said " where do they get these people from?"
     
  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    It is normal to allow water. It isn't good for the blood flow to be dehydrated, so it makes it more difficult to draw.
    You aren't having any different tests for something else other than your normal ones are you?
    It is better to fast if your test includes cholesterol and lipids as anything you eat beforehand can affect the result (adversely)
     
  4. Kittycat_7_

    Kittycat_7_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was allowed water, hope your test goes okay.
     
  5. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The pathology shop I get my blood test done at have this pdf with instructions on what to do prior to fasting blood tests

    http://www.snp.com.au/media/80135/item_34167_blood_tests_fasting_july_2016.pdf
     
  6. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How timely is this post. I’m going for my diabetic bloods tomorrow too! I haven’t been told to fast, never have done but in an attempt to prop up my argument against Statins I’ve decided to fast to get the most accurate lipid screen! I was going to ask if it was just water I could drink. I was hoping a black coffee would be allowed :banghead:
     
  7. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nope, sorry no flavouring in the water.

    As per the pdf file I quoted before.

    I was really hanging out for my heartstarter coffee on Monday morning myself.
     
  8. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So I see! :grumpy: Never mind, I’ll survive!
     
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