Beware the Quick Screening

So you had one of those health-fair cholesterol tests, and your readings came back high. Before you panic, be sure to follow up with your doctor. While these tests are a good first step, any abnormal or high results should be checked again. The most accurate lipid profile is one taken after fasting for at least eight hours. Even a single cup of coffee with sugar or milk can skew the results. Also, check that the blood is sent to an accredited laboratory, preferably one Pathologists’ Commission on Laboratory Accreditation. Most large hospitals and interstate laboratories have this certification.

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