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Below are some commonly asked questions:
You need to fast if your doctor has ordered a fasting test. This means that you cannot eat anything and may only drink clear water for 12-14 hours prior to your test. You should continue to take your medications, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Some common fasting tests include: fasting glucose, fasting lipid panel, fasting metabolic panel, fasting cholesterol, HDL or triglyceride. If you are uncertain about whether or not you should fast, please contact your healthcare provider.
If your doctor did not tell you how long to fast, you should not eat anything and only drink clear water for approximately 12-14 hours prior to the test.
Because certain test results may be influenced by what you eat or drink, we prefer that you do not have your blood drawn if your tests were ordered as fasting.
No, you can only have clear water prior to a fasting test for 12-14 hours, or for the time period that your healthcare provider has instructed.
It is always recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider regarding your tests and test results.
No, you do not need to make an appointment.
To learn more about our laboratory services, please call 831.462.7714.