endo blood tests. Do I need to fast?

By dagger1234 Latest Reply 2014-03-02 10:15:25 -0600
Started 2014-02-23 19:20:00 -0600

Do I need to fast 8 hours before I go in and test? I have a late apt at 1:30pm tomorrow. I know for a fact that I can't make it that long w/o eating.

Yes I know I am stupid for not knowing but I am newly diagnosed and did not know that every blood tests, that I can't eat.

In reading online and it states that I need to fast, is it true?

24 replies

Anonymous 2014-03-02 10:15:25 -0600 Report

Do you have the lab request form? It states what tests the lab is to do and should also state the relevant info required, such as fasting & for how long. I also copy EVERYTHING, lab requests, prescriptions, take notes at any appointments. CYA… cover your ass…ets, anything to protect yourself should questions arise…and they do!

dagger1234 2014-02-24 15:10:32 -0600 Report

Update: I MADE IT TO TEST AND BACK HOME ALIVE! Just ate a cookie and waiting for my brother to finish up some pasta. Mmmm

Type1Lou 2014-02-26 17:23:46 -0600 Report

Pasta and cookies are high carb. Carb awareness and control are key factors in controlling diabetes. It's your choice what you put in your mouth but what you choose to eat will determine how well you manage your diabetes.

jayabee52 2014-02-24 16:59:06 -0600 Report

that's so good to hear!

locarb 2014-02-24 22:54:56 -0600 Report

Good to hear. Just out of curiosity, does pasta cause a spike in your BG?

jayabee52 2014-02-26 17:40:43 -0600 Report

Lo carb, i was referring to her news that she survived the test that she was so concerned about.

The cookie and pasta slipped by me in my happiness over her good news..

dagger1234 2014-02-24 22:56:16 -0600 Report

Are u trying to be serious? Lol…or being mean :( pft I was hungry so went for it. I didn't give a damn about the cookie part esp after not eating and it was an easy snack to bring to eat adter the tests

glennb61 2014-02-24 10:46:14 -0600 Report

You are not stupid. Fasting is important and whoever scheduled this test should know that it's a fasting test. Better you reschedule this for an early morning test then get a good breakfast after. I can't speak for everyone but it's a learning process once diagnosed, just stay positive and make the changes you need to make for your health and lifestyle.

dagger1234 2014-02-24 10:49:43 -0600 Report

Thanks and ur status made me smile :) my mom called me stupid for not knowing :(

That's what hospitals and docs r for. Pfft. :( I called them and it's going to voice mail(how awesome right? *rolls eyes*) I'm actually quite tired still so I may go back to sleep and wake up before going if I can handle it.

glennb61 2014-02-24 11:36:24 -0600 Report

Well thats a mom being a mom :). Just remember to take this one day at a time, Rome was not built in a day and your diabetes won't get under control in a day either. LIke I said the most bebeficial thing you can do is to stay positive and begin making those changes you need. More people than you know are here to offer some advice and be a virtual shoulder to lean on when you need it.

dagger1234 2014-02-24 11:43:47 -0600 Report

I'm still going strong lol. Not killing anyone yet because I'm hungry lol. I'm avoiding tv and facebook to see things that will make me want to eat. Reading a magazine now and keeping my mind busy. Lol

Still am mad though and will definitely be saying something. These people are trained professionals and required to get licenses before being able to work for hospitals and yet have failed.

glennb61 2014-02-24 11:53:54 -0600 Report

I hear that. You are right and they should be treat every patient properly. Everytime I see my doctor and he gives me my labwork papers he reminds me its a fasting blood draw. I think its just professional courtesy. I also do not make an appointment for my labwork, I just do an early morning walk in at Quest. They do offer appointments but I still get up early every morning as a habit from 24 years in the Navy. Check around and see if you have something like Quest Diagnostics that you can do a walk in. I think you will find it better and it will be a better way to start your day instead of like now, your waiting and trying to burn the time till your appointment. Take care and have a good day.

dagger1234 2014-02-24 09:46:45 -0600 Report

I'm really f*** annoyed by my hospital and the staff who work there. I'm going to give them a piece of my mind when I go there.

First off, I am newly diagnosed and I am not a doctor!!!! I have never been to the hospital as often as I do now. I don't know anything about how anything hospital related works.

I was never told to fast for endocrino tests. Luckily my mom mentioned I might have to fast so I called and left a voicemail. So now they said it's for my a1c and a lipid test and I need to fast.

Luckily I haven't ate since 3am so it's been 8 hours. I'm trying to go back to sleep and waking up right before my apt.

jigsaw 2014-02-23 19:38:25 -0600 Report

If it's an A1c test, or a lipid panel including HDL, LDL cholesterol etc., then yes, you have to fast. I always make those appointments in the AM. Simply no way I'm about to go hungry that long. Not even for my doc! He'll just have to settle for an AM apointment!

dagger1234 2014-02-23 19:40:01 -0600 Report

My a1c is next month, not for chol or any of that. I just been havig lightning pains etc and headaches so they recommended me to see one.

jigsaw 2014-02-23 20:39:16 -0600 Report

Well, maybe you lucked out! Many blood tests don't require fasting. Good luck, I hope it's nothing serious.

dagger1234 2014-02-23 23:55:21 -0600 Report

Lol what I'm doing. Eating one last meal and then set my alarm to call and confirm if I need to fast if I do I'm going to reschedule to another earlier time. I'm not gonna starve!!

dagger1234 2014-02-23 19:33:48 -0600 Report

I'll have to do that. They never notified me about fasting. And then my fam members were like most blood tests u have to. Ugh

jayabee52 2014-02-23 23:38:20 -0600 Report

if there is any question, go ahead and call the Dr office. The RNs there will have access to your charts and will note what tests are being done and then will advise you whether or not to fast. If you do have to fast you can set your alarm for around 1 am and then eat primarily protein which will stay in your stomach longer.

I pray it is nothing too serious!

theladyiscrazy 2014-02-23 19:32:59 -0600 Report

It depends on what tests they are doing. They should have told you if they needed you to fast. Can you call them first thing in the morning?

BB42 2014-02-23 20:12:28 -0600 Report

Best thing to do is to ask the doctor who ordered the test(s) if you need to fast.

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