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(CBS News)   Fisting may no longer be necessary before cholesterol test. Sorry: fasting   (cbsnews.com) divider line 31
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2012-11-13 01:15:39 PM
*Snert*
 
2012-11-13 06:45:42 PM
Excellent! Now I can study for that test

/triglicehemmerhoisesohwhateverhthelltheyare are too high yeah yeah shut up doc I get my exercise and eat to make me happy not your pocketbook
 
2012-11-13 06:49:31 PM
But you can. Y'know, if you want to. No pressure.
 
2012-11-13 06:52:14 PM
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I've been fisting for 3 days in preparation for that test.
 
2012-11-13 06:52:15 PM
Uh....
 
2012-11-13 06:55:51 PM
Heh. I had a lipid panel today.
 
2012-11-13 06:57:42 PM
Even though it may not be as necessary as previously thought, I'm still going to do it anyway.

I actually enjoy it (somewhat), even though it makes it harder to get to sleep.

It helps in cleansing the lower intestines and makes you appreciate it when you're not doing it.
 
2012-11-13 06:58:19 PM

TomD9938: Even though it may not be as necessary as previously thought, I'm still going to do it anyway.

I actually enjoy it (somewhat), even though it makes it harder to get to sleep.

It helps in cleansing the lower intestines and makes you appreciate it when you're not doing it.


I'm afraid to ask...
 
2012-11-13 06:59:54 PM
I got my cholesterol tested recently. Thankfully I did not make the classic fasting/fisting mistake. NTTAWWT.
 
2012-11-13 07:13:18 PM
When I eat carbs, my cholesterol is up especially triglycerides, when I don't, it drops by 60%. So carb fasting does help me. Tried test 6x so far so not even close to statistically significant.
 
2012-11-13 07:15:31 PM
As the article states, unless your triglyceride levels are elevated, you probably don't need to fast prior to doing a lipid panel. What it doesn't say however, is that in a lipid panel, the LDL ("bad cholesterol") is calculated (total cholesterol - [triglycerides/5 + HDL]) and that this formula is invalidated by high triglyceride levels. The LDL level can be measured directly and is something you should ask your doctor to order. In fact, if you're on a statin for hypercholesterolemia and it's established that your HDL and triglyceride levels are normal, you only need to monitor the directly measured LDL (along with an ALT--a liver test--after statin initiation or dosage increase).
 
2012-11-13 07:16:52 PM
My doctor is going to receive a very strongly worded letter.
 
2012-11-13 08:01:08 PM
May I just say, I want to nominate this for HOTY contest.

/Can't...stop...laughing
 
2012-11-13 08:23:03 PM
Dr. Babbar will see you now.
 
2012-11-13 08:41:17 PM
The key is that if it the results are high, then they will make you do the test again, and then you get to be one of the lucky winners who still have to fast.

The differences don't seem insignificant to me. A 10% or 20% difference can determine whether your results show if you are or are not in a bad range or not.

This is a win for anyone who is OK, however if you aren't OK, or (even better) get a false positive, this is inconvenient. Why take two tests when you can take just one?

Still, don't expect any changes in the near future. It would likely take more studies and confirmation before this would be become standard, Not to mention some of this may be up to personal preference of the management of the particular institution doing the test.

/currently studying to work in a medical lab so this is quite relevant to my interests.
 
2012-11-13 08:46:10 PM
but we still have to do it for the colonoscopies, right? The fisting, I mean.
 
2012-11-13 08:52:46 PM
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I don't think my insurance covers this.
 
2012-11-13 08:56:32 PM
Well, duh. All that Crisco is going to obviously screw with the results.
 
2012-11-13 09:08:32 PM
I like fisting porn
 
2012-11-13 09:26:06 PM
So the fisting is still required?
 
2012-11-13 09:30:53 PM
have blood drawn for cholesterol tests every 2 months, have for years. was never told to fast or fist.
 
2012-11-13 09:35:08 PM
And you thought death panels were bad.
 
2012-11-13 09:42:43 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: I like fisting porn


Did we need to know that? No, we did not.
 
2012-11-13 09:44:49 PM
Dirtygardengirl.com
 
2012-11-13 09:55:23 PM
Many times this "wrong word" headline formula is predictable and not funny. This is not one of those times. Good work.
 
2012-11-13 09:58:27 PM
Yeah, I don't buy their study. I'm a family medicine doc. I see more lipid tests a day than I care to count. I routinely find someone with an elevated triglyceride level out of the blue, call them, ask them specifically if they fasted or not. When they admit that, yeah, they had their usual breakfast and just didn't tell us, we have them repeat the test. Low and behold their triglycerides are back to normal in a 2 day span. I've seen triglycerides go from the 300-400 range back to the 100-150 range in a matter of a couple of days. And yes, LDL is usually a calculated number based on triglycerides, so it is messed up to a lesser extent.
 
2012-11-13 10:25:30 PM
So you're basically telling me the fact that I can't sit down comfortably for weeks now, was totally unnecessary?

Too little, too late.
 
2012-11-13 10:55:51 PM

Gyrfalcon: Contrabulous Flabtraption: I like fisting porn

Did we need to know that? No, we did not.


I needed to know. I'm Gyrfalcon's Secret Santa. Now I know what to shop for.
 
2012-11-14 12:55:24 AM
My grandmother had my aunt breach birth. The doctor had to basically stick his hand up there to turn the baby around. My grandmother was not a fan of this. ...But to stay on topic she did fast before her cholesterol test.

Honestly do women enjoy this. I waiting to see if footing takes over fisting. Hey a foot is bigger than a hand.....Hmmmmm footing.
 
2012-11-14 03:27:57 AM
Just have blood drawn in the morning; it's not a big deal to fast from 8pm to 8am.
 
2012-11-14 09:12:54 AM

DaCaptain19: So you're basically telling me the fact that I can't sit down comfortably for weeks now, was totally unnecessary?

Too little, too late.


Too little? You said it was a good size!

/not obscure
 
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