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will lunch affect cholesterol test?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Andy12345, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    hi, i am having a cholesterol test at the chemist at 4:30 this afternoon (cant wait a month) to find out if me stopping the statins 2 months ago has put it up and i am about to eat chicken satay skewers and a small salad for lunch do you think this would do any harm to my hopeful low reading? or dosent it work like that?

    Thanks in advance if you reply :)

    Andy
     
  2. Luna21

    Luna21 · Guest

    Hi.

    I was always told to fast for 10-12 hours before a cholesterol test. Perhaps you ought to cancel and take the test another day when you have fasted?

    Good luck.
     
  3. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    oops i ate lol, i rang them and they said its fine so we will see i guess, thanks very much
     
  4. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    It's always been a fasting blood test
     
  5. charon

    charon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I booked an appointment for the morning so that I could fast.
    They said that it was better if I didn't eat breakfast but didn't specifically say that I should fast or that it was required. Doesn't metion it on the web site
    Not sure how good these tests are anyway but should give an idea of what is happening.

    It should include a discussion about what you should do so let us know what info you get from the test and what sort of advice (hopefully it's more than a standard leaflet).
     
  6. charon

    charon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I just called another branch of Lloyds pharmacy to see if I could get an earlier test. I told them I had been diagnosed with diabetes and it was diet controlled - no medication. They said that, from their guidelines, they cannot give the test to anyone diagnosed with diabetes.

    It's probably best to not mention it and lie on the form when they ask you to fill it in if you want the test.
     
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  8. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    okaaaaay im very very happy............

    went to the test

    didnt fast

    5 months ago at my last test at diagnosis i was total chol 6.7

    today after not fasting and stuffing my face with as much fat as possible (low carbing)

    and 2 months after stopping the statins without telling the doc

    4.6

    im off to skip round the garden naked........


    ok neighbours are a little upset, i told the nice lady i had diabetes and gave her a run down of what id done although her eyes nearly popped out of her head when i told her about the statins and the high fat diet, you fill out a form she took my bp my bg and after milking my figer like a cows udder sucked up some blood in this thin tube, 5 minutes max later a print out pops out, she said just keep doing what your doing hehe i paid the £15 and skipped back to the car (clothed this time) so all in all a good little trip
     
  9. charon

    charon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations.
    What was the ratio and triglycerides if they gave that info.

    I'm sure doctors have their uses but......

    This site should have a diary forum where members can post their experiences, methods and how they progress.
     
  10. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There is no need to fast for a total cholesterol test, you would have to fast only for a lipid panel (Fasting Lipids) or a fasting glucose which is not usually required now.
     
  11. Luna21

    Luna21 · Guest

    Glad the test went well.

    Did you get a breakdown of the individual components, ie LDL and HDL?
     
  12. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    Thanks :) They said only the gp can do the other tests, they just gave me the hdl ratio :( but I'm just happy that went down, I'll have to wait until July for full screen


    Edit....all I got was...
    CRA Score Low Risk %
    Total Cholesterol 4.76 mmol/l
    Good Cholesterol. 1.03 mmol/l
    Total Cholesterol 4.6
     
  13. Paul_c

    Paul_c Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    not once you've been diagnosed as Diabetic.

    They don't like you fasting for it then although they make no allowances for this when they lecture you on the results :(
     
  14. paul-1976

    paul-1976 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    True,especially when they start turning into the statin police instead of a GP
     
  15. charon

    charon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just back from Lloyds Pharmacist. Lied about the diabetes just in case.

    Tests 25th Apr - today (change over 2 months and a bit)
    total 5.2 - 4.33
    HDL 1.06 - 1.22
    Ratio 4.9 - 3.5
    Blood pressure 130/74 - 135/82

    Gives a 11% cardiovascular disease risk assessment (risk of developing over next 10 years) and suggests I might benefit from an over the counter statin, plant stanols or sterols - presumably bought from them.

    Anyway - all good apart from the blood pressure which I suspect is just due to walking straight in off the street rather than sitting around in the surgery.
    Total cholesterol and ratio is now within the normal range I think and will hopefully keep getting better.
    Don't know how accurate this was but happy to go with it as I mainly wanted to check that my change in lifestyle was having a beneficial rather than adverse effect.
     
  16. zolabud

    zolabud Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I always thought the 12 hour fast before my MOT blood test was for a diabetic blood test result ??
     
  17. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The testsdone are:
    1) Total cholesterol.
    2) HDL
    3) Triglycerides
    the LDL is estimated from statistical measurements :thumbdown:
     
  18. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    The fast before your bloods are taken is to check your cholesterol levels, if you were just getting the Hba1c test then you don't have to fast.
     
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