Thursday, 16 August 2007

Cholesterol: How to get an acurate reading

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For patients getting their cholesterol checked, the process is fairly easy and involves merely have some blood taken. But in order to get an accurate reading, there's much more to it than that. What you eat and drink prior to the test can have a major influence on the reading you get, so be sure to follow the rules given to you by your doctor, namely that you must fast for 12 hours prior to the exam.

What's more, other influences, like the test itself and biological factors, can influence the accuracy of your readings over time. To main consistency, try to get tested at the same time of day as your last cholesterol test to get a reliable idea of how much your levels have changed. Also, while it's recommended that you don't drink alcohol 24hours before the test, you can further improve your results by avoiding alcohol several days before the test. And, be sure you're sitting for at least five minutes before your blood is taken.

For more info, check out this article.

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