This might be a silly question..

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2011-03-28 19:31:56 -0500
Started 2011-03-25 07:55:23 -0500

I have to get blood work done either today or tomorrow.. The lab order says it's non-fasting.. so, I can go this afternoon, right? I don't want to go all the way there and have them tell me I have to wait a certain amount of time after eating for them to be able to do it. If I go this afternoon it'll be around 3-3:30. About 3 hours after I've last eaten.

The last time I got blood work down it was an 8 hour fast, so I went early Saturday morning before my morning meds and breakfast. I'm just hoping I can get it over with today…

Thank you :)

18 replies

Guardianstone 2011-03-27 13:42:10 -0500 Report

No silly question, only silly people who dont ask questions. Whe people don't ask what is on their minds they can hurt more than themselves. When we are talking sometimes we don't put it in the proper perspective. This is when we end up giving the wrong directions for where we are (in thought). Not only are we on the sane road, but there may not even be in the same galaxy.
Keep asking, we need to be reminded that not everyone has the same map. Thank you. Each lab has it's own rules, and sometimes from tech to tech rules change.
It helps to know and not cause yourself or others a problem.
God bless
Guardian stone ;-D

northerngal 2011-03-26 08:57:34 -0500 Report

Check with the Dr. I have to travel several miles for any bloodwork, and I MUST take am meds for other things. They need to be spaced (hour before eating, with food, or hour before or after other meds) so I'm dealing with at least a 3hr span. NO WAY i'm screwing up multiple days for a blood draw. They know that and depending on what the test is for, is usually not a problem. Just be sure to tell them when you ate so the results take that into account.

LabRat90 2011-03-25 11:31:18 -0500 Report

No questions are silly if you don't know the answer. You already got the answer so I won't answer again. Keep asking questions and learning.

kdroberts 2011-03-25 08:59:16 -0500 Report

Do you know what the tests are for? Fasting glucose and cholesterol are usually the only tests that require fasting so if you're not having those done then you can go in whenever you want and have blood taken.

melissa5786 2011-03-25 09:03:38 -0500 Report

It's for my 3 month check up on 4/11. My doctor tests my A1C levels every 3 months..

kdroberts 2011-03-25 09:30:54 -0500 Report

Is that all it is, an A1c? If so you can go in whenever and eat whenever with no issues. Even if it includes a metabolic panel, which it probably does, then the same applies.

pixsidust 2011-03-25 08:43:27 -0500 Report

As I looked up possible answers as I am learning. A fasting test gives you a 'bottom line'. This is the lowest you can expect the sugar and cholesterol figures to be.

If you have just eaten then the levels of sugar and cholesterol are determined by what you have just eaten – not by your body's ability to handle these substances.

So yes, is yor answer. I look forward to hear how you are and pray for your best, dear freind!

kdroberts 2011-03-25 08:57:31 -0500 Report

A fasting blood sugar test doesn't give you the lowest number you can expect your blood sugar to be. It basically tells you how your body maintains it's basal glucose level, essentially how your body maintains it's glucose level when there is not activity or food. It is usual for you to get lower blood sugar readings throughout the day than you do fasting.

northerngal 2011-03-26 09:03:39 -0500 Report

All any blood test can tell you is what the blood sugar level is at that very moment. It can't tell them how your body normally metabolizes it, because sleeping and fasting is not your normal daily routine (hopefully) Your body changes every minute of every day and will always do so. The tests are to determine if the current regimen is effective or if changes need to be made, thus multiple tests over a long time span. Then they can compare the results and note any problems or changes.

kdroberts 2011-03-26 11:26:01 -0500 Report

The fasting is important because it is your basal rate, how your body keeps itself when there are no external factors. Your brain and organs need glucose or they will shut down, they just don't need much when you are asleep. In somebody without diabetes the liver, pancreas, enzymes and hormones will keep blood sugar pretty stable around 70-90. When you do non-fasting glucose it gives an idea of how your body is working when there are external factors involved, like eating.

MAYS 2011-03-26 11:48:08 -0500 Report


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Hopieland 2011-03-28 19:31:56 -0500 Report

Yeah. You do. In fact fasting v. non-fasting testing would be a good subject. I've learned things I didn't know just from this little dialog you have going on. Post a discussion! Pleeeeeeze

melissa5786 2011-03-25 08:56:56 -0500 Report

Thank you! That's what I found when I looked it up, too. So, I will go this afternoon and get it done and over with. I appreciate you taking the time to help me out :)

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