Fasting cholesterol v non-fasting

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Bbbananas | 07:05 Thu 28th Jan 2010 | Health & Fitness
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Was supposed to have a fasting cholesterol test this morning - got into work & didn't remember this fact until I'd already downed a mugfull of mocha & a bowl of porridge - whoops. I was only supposed to restrict myself to water since 9 p.m. last night.
However, I've just been on a medical website which states that recent studies have shown that fasting makes no difference to the result - apparently it's the LDL measurement which fasting is supposed to show a more accurate reading of.
The study, for anyone interested, was published Nov last year, by Cambridge professors in a long-term study in 21 countries. Now this is news to me - & I work in the medical profession. Must be news to our clinicians also - because we are still telling our patients to fast before the test.
Are we behind the times or are people having difficulty adjusting to this reversal of ideas?


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HDL (good cholesterol) if good news.

LDL (bad cholesterol).......important part is not affected by diet.

Can't answer your question salla as I have not seen that particular article.
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BBC news website sqad, posted 11 Nov 09.
My last reading for total chol was 6 (!!) with LDL of 3.3, so not exactly brilliant - but I do like my saturated fats....!!
I'd give you a link but I'm no good at technological things, I'm just a girl....
It gave me food (Ha!) for thought - but I postponed my test anyway.
salla...I would take those readings as acceptable.
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Well, my docs seem to have done also - they've never suggested statins, and I'm on enough tablets as it is, so I'm quite happy with that. (Hopefully, this will reduce very soon..... ;-)

I have made a sort of attempt in that I always try and have my oats every morning...
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have just re-checked - it's serum cholesterol that was 6, LDL was 3.8 - but hey, I'm just a spring chicken yet...?!!
salla...LOL...not a morning man myself....dry mouth, no perfume,! no! I will only accept morning "oats" after showering, teeth cleaning and a general "freshen up".

My preference?............after dinner in the evening....something different about "oats" at that time of the day......................don't you think?
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Not sure - it's the full stomach bit - I need to have time for the food to settle. I would say after dinner has settled but before too much wine has time to take full effect, as in sleepiness. Say around 9 - 10 p.m.?
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And, it has a beneficial effect on the quality of sleep afterwards, I find..... ;-)
(Also, bizarrely, very good for backache).
Ah! you massage the "porridge" into your back do you?

Quite interesting, never tried it myself.
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Most massage is beneficial, if performed correctly. I prefer it with oil though (massage, not 'porridge').

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