Blood : no need to be fasting !

Prise de sang : plus besoin d’être à jeun !

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In the future, fasting for at least 8 hours before a blood test may be just a bad memory. According to a study* published in the European Heart Journal, medical testing routine as taking blood to measure cholesterol and triglyceride levels no longer require you to be fasting.

Until now, the analysis of the cholesterol and triglyceride levels could not be done on an empty stomach, that is to say, without eating or drinking anything (except water) for 8 to 12 hours before the examination. But according to this new study, the dogma of fasting before this type of analysis would be obsolete and would not therefore be needed.

Several european countries have already put

To reach this conclusion, researchers compared the lipid profiles of the 300,000 patients “non-fasters” and ” fasters “. Result : the average rates of the biological parameters did not vary significantly from 1 to 6 hours after a meal. Thus, according to the experts, it would be sufficient to review the threshold values for the tests of laboratories, specifying the nutritional status of the patient taken, which would allow the latter to choose to come fasting or not.

As we explained in the site medical The Géné, ” for many years, several european countries (scandinavian countries mainly including Denmark since 2009) no longer require fasting in order to measure the cholesterol and triglyceride levels. And, since 2014, the Nice guidelines are based now on the same standards “.

* This study has been carried out under the auspices of the european Society of atherosclerosis, and the european Federation of chemistry and clinical laboratories.

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