With certain blood tests, you may be instructed to fast for up to eight hours before giving your sample. Fasting before a blood draw means you don’t eat or drink anything except water.
Nutrients and ingredients in the food and beverages you consume are absorbed into your bloodstream and could impact factors measured by certain tests. Fasting improves the accuracy of those tests.
Water hydrates your veins. Hydrated veins are easier to find. And that means easier to draw from. Drink plenty of water before having any blood test.
It depends on the test. Fasting for a lab test typically lasts eight hours. Your doctor should give you any special instructions related to your tests, including fasting requirements. Always follow her or his instructions.
Glucose testing that checks blood-sugar levels and tests that determine your cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels usually require fasting. Other lab tests may require fasting.
If it’s a test that does not require fasting then, yes, please eat something before having your blood drawn.
Unless your doctor says otherwise, take your usual medications. If you’re taking vitamin/mineral supplements, ask whether you should continue those as well.
Once you’ve had your blood drawn, you can eat and drink something immediately. It’s a good idea to bring a snack. You can also schedule your blood test for the early morning, to minimize the length of time you’ll go without food.m
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