Have you been skipping breakfast before your lab exam? Good news, recent studies show that most labs do not require fasting for most blood tests any longer!
To Fast or Not to Fast
Don’t Skip Your Breakfast – Many Labs Don’t Require Fasting
There still remains a few lab tests that require fasting, but most routine lab work can be done any time throughout the day. Your primary care provider can discuss your specific lab needs, be sure to ask about fasting before you schedule your lab appointment
What is Fasting?
Fasting means not eating or drinking anything besides water before your lab appointment. You may be instructed to fast for up to eight hours before your lab appointment.
Why is Fasting before Certain Lab Tests Required?
For certain lab tests, it is required to fast before your appointment because the accuracy of the test can be improved. When you eat and drink, the nutrients you consume can impact factors measured by certain tests.
What types of blood tests require fasting?
Blood tests that require fasting are glucose tests that check blood-sugar levels and tests that determine your cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. Other lab tests may require fasting, which is why you should ask your provider before your scheduled appointment.
Lab Services Available Across Florida
Millennium Physician Group has lab locations all across Florida for our patients’ convenience. Most of our lab locations accept appointments to minimize your wait times.
Now Offering Online Lab Appointments
Not only can you eat your breakfast before your lab appointment, you can now book your appointment online! No more long waits on the phone, you can now book an appointment with the click of a button.