• Getting a cholesterol test is easy.
  • Food and drinks affect cholesterol profile. Fast for 12 hours to get accurate readings of LDL (“bad” cholesterol), HDL (“good” cholesterol), and triglyceride levels.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before the test.
  • Tell your doctor
  • Flu or another illness shortly before the blood test can have a dramatic effect on your cholesterol levels.
  • A change in diet in the last one week can make a difference. High levels of alcohol or carbohydrates can raise triglycerides.
  • Did you forget to fast or sneak something to eat or drink before the test? It can affect the cholesterol levels.
  • An underactive or overactive thyroid can affect cholesterol levels.
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